Tuesday, August 24, 2010
VISUAL NOISE: THE ARTWORK OF MERZBOW
Like Kurt Schwitter's architectural assemblage that is the inspiration for Masami Akita's primary sound project, the visuals that accompanied Merzbow's early work seem to be Dada influenced collages caught in flux. They form a visual analogue for an all enveloping excess incorporating eroticism, sex, death, loss of self, and conceptual obviation. These visual cut-ups of cultural detritus (Lowest Music & Arts, indeed!) are often color xerox skeins that incorporate both abstraction and realism in their convulsive surfaces. The discomfort of fleeting form is their contribution to Merzbow's world of noise.