Trevor Mathison


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Year 2020
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.6 cm
Nominated by Claudette Johnson

About the work

I approach drawing in the same way I approach sound. In music, I have been working with granular synths. They allow me to take one small element of sound and by breaking it down, find numerous textures within it. Similarly, this piece involved taking a cube of graphite, scraping, then spreading its particles across the paper to pick up the shifting variations within the grain of the paper. It is equivalent to a single tone, shimmering like a visual wall of sound. A still, frozen note held in suspension.

About the artist:

Born 1960 London, Trevor Mathison lives and works in the UK.

Trevor Mathison is an artist, composer, and sound designer recordist. His sonic practice centers in creating fractured, haunting aural landscapes and integrating existing music and has featured in over thirty award-winning films. Mathison was a founding member of the cine-cultural artist collective, The Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC,1982-1998), where his body of sonic designs defined and situated the Collective’s film and gallery installations. Mathison has continued to work with some of his former collaborators from Black Audio (John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul and David Lawson) creating sound design for installations and feature documentaries. Mathison has also founded and been active in a number of other experimental sonic groups – Dubmorphology, Hallucinator and Flow Motion. He has also been a pioneer of sound installation work.

Selected works include a commissioned sound performance in response to Lubaina Himid’s installation Naming the Money, CAPC, Bordeaux (2020); sound design for Mnemosyne (2010); and sound design for The Unfinished Conversation (2012). Selected works as part of BAFC include Signs of Empire (1983); Handsworth Songs (1986); and The Last Angel of History (1995).

Mathison’s latest compositional score features in John Akomfrah and Dredd Scotts’ Slave Rebellion Re-enactment 2019, and Garret Bradley’s award-winning feature America 2019.

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