Studio Kimiis’ recent artwork entitled ““Captured Crescendo” draws upon the distinct identity of Mount Royal University and its dedication to the performing arts through an interpretation of the musical and artistic undertones that embody the new Conservatory.
The artwall is directly informed by the orchestral suites of “Daphnis et Chloé” a ballet developed by one of the great composers of the 20th century, Maurice Ravel. More specifically, the design is centered on Part 1 of Ravel’s Suite No. 2 entitled “Lever du Jour” (Sunrise).
The translation of the idea begins with an abstracted representation of sheet music viewed within a three dimensional environment. A series of rectangular geometries are assembled and begin to form the fundamental components of music notation. Each rectangle, white in colour, is first aggregated in a horizontal manner forming the spaces that make up a staff. These rectangles are subsequently arrayed vertically where the intersection of the spaces create shadows that precipitate a series of lines. Each of those lines and each of those spaces are symbolic of sheet music representing a different note and musical pitch.
The final grid, consisting of more than 2500 rectangular components, is transformed through Ravel’s musical score where each module changes in size, position and scale, as it continually responds to the instruments, frequencies and melodic gestures performed throughout the ballet. The artwork is in unison with the music, beginning with a vivid illustration of sunrise; the break of day, the awakening of the birds and the playful articulation of light and shadow.
As the story progresses, Daphnis awakes and begins his search for Chloé. She suddenly appears among a group of shepherds, the melody becomes agitated, gradually increases and reaches an impassioned climax which gives rise to the formal identity of the abstracted artwork.
The final delivered artwork “Captured Crescendo” is both the physical manifestation and visual representation of that moment; a frame within the crescendo that is paused, extracted and displayed to the audience. It refers to both the translation of this moment into a tangible artifact and simultaneously pays tribute to the narrative of the love drama; the courtship of Daphnis and Chloé, the abduction and “capturing” of Chloé, and their eventual reunion.