" 'Pictures at an Exhibition (dubbed)' takes its starting point from a record cover designed by Joseph Albers for the recording of Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. The original composition was conceived by Mussorgsky as a depiction of an imaginary exhibition of paintings in remembrance of his friend the architect Viktor Hartmann. The piece has become widely re-interpreted, recorded and re-arranged by other composers since its original conception. For me, this runs parallel to my interest in the genre of Dub-Reggae where endless new versions or ‘dubs’ are re-created from an original rhythm; a kind of generative reinterpretation and reverberation of the original piece of music.
Albers’ original cover design uses vertical lines to represent sound waves with voids reversed out of them to represent spaces for the imaginary pictures. Re-interpreting the image digitally, my own version departs from the original Lp cover design by incorporating small square cubes highlighting the ends of each line. These highlighted shapes relate to the appearance of ‘anchor points’ that appear when a line is ‘selected’ in Illustrator, the program used to digitally re-create the image. The painting depicts my ‘selection’ of the elements of the image at a transitional moment in its translation from a digital reproduction before being fed back through the analog process of pinstriping the canvas. This connection between the aural and the visual, the analogue and the digital is central to the concerns within the wider body of work."