Happy to announce my collaboration with Matthew Shlian that just went live today. Below you wil see the three different pieces we worked on together and an artist statement by Shlian.
“Both Michael Cina’s and my processes are rooted in experimentation. We test theories and probe. From our findings we then curate. Aleatoric music operates in a similar way, using chance as a way to frame ideas. Many initial ideas are discarded so that others may surface. The others, the ones that work for whatever reason, intentional or not, are kept and reworked. There needs to be this component to the work, this editing and curating from a pool.
There are rules then applied to this cloudless form. We react. We find form in formless, like a cloud catalogue or cloud atlas. It’s a system of ordering the dischord—a way of making sense of things.
These pieces feel spatial or nebulous… a micro and macro at once. When I read I never understand the important parts first. I pull out the details and focus on them first, and then I have to work at understanding the bigger picture. This allows me to create a focused art; artists capture moments and say, “I find this interesting, don’t you find this interesting?”
- Mathew Shlian