© Images Cheonho Ahn
8 MAY – 6 JUNE 2021
Jorinde Voigt is a German artist who works in the fields of drawing, text, painting and installation. She works in series that often refer to a specific theme, using as a starting point particular text or idea. She develops notational systems of grids, line networks, and patterns that translate parameters such as distance, speed, or frequency into visual compositions. Stylistically, her representations of systems and guidelines reveal parallels to Minimalism and Conceptual Art, however, her works are also always informed by deeply personal experiences and sensations.
Her engagement with music and musical notations has always played an important role in Voigt's oeuvre. In the Ludwig van Beethoven series she, for example, attempts to depict the music of Ludwig van Beethoven without illustrating or interpreting it. The works of the series are reminiscent of the graphic scores of Iannis Xenakis or Mauricio Kagel, yet they do not contain any instructions for action but are rather an expression of an emotional system of signs. Everyday emotions and experiences are transported in music through melodic line, volume and changes of tempo. Voigt uses a coded notation that depicts the emotional spectrum inherent in Beethoven’s music. For this, she extracts the intonation and dynamic notations from Beethoven's original text and makes them the basic framework of her works. For Voigt, these notes symbolize the personal traces left behind by the composer, transcending the technical specifications. With the help of the pictorial spaces she creates, the complexity of the musical score thus visually opens up to the viewer.
The solo exhibition at KÖNIG SEOUL is complemented by POTENTIAL AND COINCIDENCE, a presentation of other series of works at P21 Gallery. The works shown there provide further insight into Jorinde Voigt’s extensive and diverse oeuvre and subject matter, as well as the various techniques and materials she employs.