The Well-Tempered Us / Son Ni

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  • Book Size: 200 x 297 mm
  • Pages: 88
  • Printing: Black/Pantone metallic color, offset
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-98693595-9-7
  • Publication Date: 2020 Aug
  • Publisher: dmp editions
  • Limited Edition: 500

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The Well-Tempered Clavier is a collection of works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for young keyboard instruments learners. In Bach’s well temperament system, the tonic of a musical piece can be played in any of the 24 major and minor keys and switched between them at any time, allowing possibilities of musical compositions that are formally more complex, such as fugue. Son Ni’s artistic practice, on the other hand, centers around distorted spaces that are dynamically constructed through the use of lines, and around rhythmic disruptions in such spaces induced by curves and contours of human figures. Several recurrent motifs can be seen in the narratives of her works. As the tip of her pencil flows freely like a piece of melody being switched in different keys, a harmonious balance in the structure is, however, always present to ensure the main theme to be revisited. With strokes and lines as anchor points and chronological order as an axis, Ni maps out her imagery with back-and-forth articulation of drawing, the physical exercise of her wrist and knuckles, which she has been practicing on a daily basis in the last couple of years. This book, The Well-Tempered Us, can be seen as Ni’s unique exercises addressing the visual resemblance to musical temperaments, as well as a collection of scores composed through the days spent by the artist on this endeavor.

《平均律》是巴哈寫給年輕學子練習鋼琴的樂譜,這份譜所形成音律和諧的系統下,音調間可任意轉換,任擇其一音調都可充作主調,進而能寫出如賦格這樣形式複雜的樂曲。藝術家倪和孜(Son Ni)的創作常圍繞著以線條構成的變形空間與人體曲線形成的空間擾動,她筆下的情節反覆造訪不同子題,隨著筆尖的自由而產生不同曲調,但卻仍保有結構上的平衡並扣回母題。同樣為手腕與指節運力的練習,倪以筆觸線條作為錨點,時間作為軸線,不停地在圖像描繪中折返,近數年來日日習作。而這本《平均的我們》(The Well-Tempered Us),不僅可視作她自身創造的平均律練習,亦可視為藝術家匯渠時光所成就的一份樂譜。