Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ALLEGRO UTOPIA by Valyntina Grenier

ALLEGRO UTOPIA ! Allegro School of Music ! M - F 12:00–8:00 pm Tu 12:00–8:00 Sa 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Su11:00 am – 3:00 pm ! 4641 N 1st Ave #5, Tucson ! 85718

Music is an important element of my practice. I like to choose a certain song on iTunes, then hit shuffle.  For this exhibit, I often chose Antony and the Johnsons song, Another World, which conveys a desperate love for the world, confounded by the knowledge that it and we are ephemeral. The guiding principle for ALLEGRO UTOPIA is to discover ANOTHER WORLD and make A LITTLE PEACE.  In contrast to a world where we hurt nature, each other, and ourselves, ALLEGRO UTOPIA is a lively and bright world of clouds, rainbows, and waterfalls.

The word utopia was borrowed from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia. Utopia means "no place." The English homophone eutopia means "good place."  THE ROAD TO NOPLACE begins and ends within us.  Though we do harm, we do love. We are kind. We desire connection and celebration. Lets go to a CLOUD PARTY AT THE RAINBOW. Lets KEEP DANCING.

Reading, research, and visual arts are integral to my process as well. They are my escape from making, but my inspiration to get back to paintbrushes or sculpting tools. I had the opportunity to visit California in the midst of production. At the LACMA, I saw Chris Burden's utopia, Metropolis II, and Hans Richter: Encounters. Richter was involved w/ the utopian groups Die Brƒcke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). I brought home a copy of Timothy Bensons Expressionist Utopias.

The guiding principle behind many utopian movements is the desire to make a better community, which creates the purity of a Garden of Eden or the complexity of an architectural fantasy. For the Glashaus utopians, a CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL is the center of their architectural ideal.

My cathedral is the rainbow, a WATERHOUSE. My utopia is a community of works.
In Platos Symposium, Sophocles posits that to love is to desire love. The minimalism of Sophocles notion of love leaves room for interpretation and conversation. The figures and images in ALLEGRO UTOPIA explore Sophocles position, and its opposite, to love without expectation.