Artist ViVaDa treats us to a curiously abstracted ravine in his watercolor painting. The essentials of the natural formation are present. There is a central depression from which root-ribbed banks rise steeply on either side. The banks are impossibly smooth, impossbly perfect quarter-circles down to the riverbed’s midpoint. The thick roots ascend above the banks now, always veiled in pastel shadows. They are ghostly trunks, devoid of leaf or branch, which arch in again up above. And the light pours in. Is this creek’s flow pure light? Is the source, the inundation at the gate, for good or not? What alternate universe creates these slippery, cylindrical, purple shores?
Abstraction in the painting invites abstraction and fantasy in the audio. Composer Pete Tebar builds on percussion hits in an odd meter, lent by collaboration partner Dan Goldstein, to suggest a spooky walk through this otherworldly ravine. In this world it is not the drone of insects, but that of sustained bells which forms the sonic foundation. Witch screams, whip cracks, irregular bass drum heartbeats, are the slightly threatening threads weaving the introduction to this audio tapestry. But now the track’s pace quickens. The audio has decided for us – we will move definitely toward that light. Was it for the good? The somber finish leaves us less than certain.
The Midisparks Art Sales abstract art collection includes two entries by artist and composer Elise K and three entries by artist and composer ViVaDa. All of them are available as art photo prints in the Midisparks Art Sales Shop.