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Channa Horwitz, Sonakinatography Composition # 9 0 To the Top diminished, 2011, casein on Mylar, 20 x 13 3/4".

Channa Horwitz

Lisson Gallery | 138 10th Avenue | New York

Channa Horwitz, Sonakinatography Composition # 9 0 To the Top diminished, 2011, casein on Mylar, 20 x 13 3/4".

“I hope I didn’t lose you in this minutia,” concludes Channa Horwitz in a 2002 description she wrote of “Sonakinatography,” her method of graphic notation. This statement’s air of self-deprecation makes it easy to disregard, but I’d wager its inclusion warrants its significance. It was the Los Angeles artist’s intention not to lose anyone who might be inclined to engage the series of polychromatic scores she produced for five decades, from 1968 until just before she died in 2013. She used an explicitly simple language to chart time and motion for any discipline that might find it useful, and over her lifetime Horwitz’s scores were activated, among others, by readers of poetry, choreographers, symphonic percussionists, a Moog player. Though rigorously conceived, her notation is stripped down to basic elements: the grid, the numbers 1 through 8, and color. By making her scores

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