Drawing Debussy - Exhibition of works in response to music by Fiona Robinson1st March 2017 - 16th April 2017
Location: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1PX
This exhibition contains recent drawings of specific Claude Debussy pieces. They follow the free-flowing movement of the composer’s startlingly modern musical language, exploiting his combination of extraordinary freedom and discipline. Lines loop and tangle circling each other in L’Après Midi d’un Faune whilst the drawings of La Mer, capture the tumbling storminess of wild seas. Throughout, mark-making functions as improvisation.
The Debussy drawings are shown alongside earlier work exploring the Baroque structure of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello; Gustave Fauré’s Sonata in A for Violin and Piano and John Cage’s, lyrical piano piece In a Landscape 1948.
Robinson’s drawings present a communication between composer and artist, a conversation between two practitioners, through the languages they use to express their ideas. This is where the music and the drawing connect.
Image: Fiona Robinson, La Mer Debussy, 2016. Charcoal, graphite and mixed media on paper, 80 x 120 cms