the wulf.

02.15.2013 7:00 p.m.

Tom Johnson Drawings Exhibition Opening and Concert

the wulf. @ ArtShare

801 East 4th Place
Los Angeles CA 90013
(opening starts at 7 pm and performances will start around 8 pm)

Tom Johnson:

Selections from the Counting Series performed by Tom Johnson, Aidan Reynolds, and Michael Winter

Tilework for Viola performed by Andrew McIntosh

Squares performed by Andrew McIntosh, viola; Tom Johnson, narrator

Numbers are a part of nature. Looking at them, thinking about them, and observing the ways they intertwine in combinations and permutations reveal much about how the world is made. In his lectures (02.14.2013 4 pm @ at UCLA and 02.22.2013 10 am @ CalArts), Tom Johnson will discuss how logic and mathematical models function in his art. Drawing networks of numbers often leads him to unique visual forms and in many cases these forms become musical pieces. Over 30 of Johnson's drawings will be exhibited at ArtShare LA from February 15 to 22 with performances at the wulf. on February 20 and 22. These events will show the breadth of Tom’s work from concept to consideration to percept, from numbers to visuals to sound.

Tom Johnson (b. 1939) is a minimalist composer who works with simple forms and limited sonic materials, utilizing logic and mathematical models in both his music and his drawings. He is particularly well known for his operas; The Four Note Opera (1972) and Riemannoper (1988) have both been staged dozens of times. Often-performed non-operatic works include Bedtime StoriesRational MelodiesMusic and Questions, Counting DuetsTangoNarayana's Cows, and Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass. The former student of Morton Feldman also wrote about contemporary composition for the Village Voice (1972–1982). Johnson has been living in Paris since 1983.