Milan Grygar

Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář

There are always new discoveries to be made—astonishing ones, even. For me the Prague artist Milan Grygar, who was born in 1926, is one of them. Grygar works at the border between visual art and music, and for nearly fifty years he has been exploring the relationship between image and sound. Early in his career, it occurred to him that drawing a line on a piece of paper made a sound. In 1965, he began experimenting with using various drawing implements—including objects—to intentionally expand these (at first) random sounds to create “sound polyphonies,” which he recorded; he calls the physical results “Akustická kresba” (Acoustical Drawings). Each consists of a sheet of white paper with the drawn traces of the composed sounds, accompanied by a sound recording. Looking at the drawing and listening to the composition are intended to be done simultaneously.

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