Ballad for Quiet Horizons

Scott Morrison

12 Oct 2007 to 24 Nov 2007

To gain insight into this work, it is essential to broaden the experiential domain. Morrison may well be speaking to us through the scrupulously edited moments of randomness and indeed timelessness, about a special place in his life which he knows well. He seeks, through his creative process, to establish composite poetic form. We understand in part that technically this is constituted by a tightly bound relation between sound and image. The sound, which in some instances is almost transparent and set at a subtle cognitive threshold, at first simply fills space. Something we seem to pass through, like a mist all around us and of limited impedance. Eventually we experience the sensation of a complex mix of primitive oscillations from the natural world. Oscillations that have accrued in our consciousness over eons. The sound of wind blowing through grass. Soon we become aware of the repetition of motion. As we dwell on this artifice, we begin to mediate on notions of sustainability and resilience. This resilience is appreciated through the inherent strength of grass stems, not by any control over the prevailing force of the wind itself. We read into this our lives. As the wave motion expresses pressure and release, we understand the wind to have variable pressure points. The motion of grasses reveals this and we know then that force is rarely or constantly applied. We sense the analogy through memory of moments in our lives.

Image: Scott Morrison, installation view, 2007.