Gyulai in her studio with Orchestra. Image courtesy of the artist
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Peggy Gyulai's work explores the connections between music and the expressive possibilities of paint on canvas. She approaches music as a subject, object, and inspiration, and, like Richard Diebenkorn, invokes the dynamic tension between abstraction and representation in order to create substance from the most ephemeral phenomena.
During her de Young residency Gyulai will paint large canvases that fuse motion and emotion with sweeping rhythms and seductive color harmonies. Classical, jazz, and contemporary music will each play a role during five different themed weeks, encompassing everything from well-known classics to a new work for electroacoustic chamber ensembles composed by violinist Gloria Justen (a world-premiere performance). Musical miniatures in the classical tradition of the étude will also serve as inspiration for a series of small paintings. Sunday afternoons will be “The Swing Shift,” featuring the sounds of classic big band dance music.
Visitors will learn about how Gyulai works, including her methods for how to listen actively to a piece of music in order to understand and express some of its essence in a painting, and can try their hand at creating their own music-inspired artwork.
Week One: Reflections: Debussy, Bill Evans, and Satie
Week Two: Night: Stella, Whitacre, Adams, and Chopin
Week Three: Bartok and Justen I
Week Four: Bartok and Justen II
Week Five: Orchestra: Elgar and Debussy
Gyulai's studio is located in the Mission District of San Francisco. She has collaborated with major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Music Institute of Chicago. Her paintings and commissioned works are in more than 84 private and corporate collections in the US and Europe. She has had many solo exhibitions and was previously artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. www.peggygyulai.com