Paducah Artist Paul Lorenz included as one of the world’s contemporary artists featured at Florence Biennale

Paul LorenzThe Paducah Arts Alliance is pleased to announce that member Paul Lorenz of StudioMars will be presenting a “sound based upon drawing” musical score at the Florence Biennale in Italy on October 24, 2015. The performance will be held at the Fortezza da Basso, known for being a masterpiece of the military Renaissance architecture and the main venue of the exhibition center in Florence.

“It is a huge honor to participate in the Florence Biennale,” notes Lorenz, whose 2015 performance marks his fourth participation in this annual prestigious cultural event. “Italy is a very special place for me, and few cities have effected me like Florence has. When the Renaissance and contemporary art mix together, great things always happen.”

Lorenz’s score, entitled “Han Yu Pin Yin Ben Book No. 1,” is the result of a global journey. The idea behind this musical/visual composition was conceived, drawn and interpreted while an artist-in-residence at the Shangyuan Art Museum in China. It was recorded digitally in Mexico and will make its premier in Italy.

“Han Yu Pin Yin Ben Book No. 1” is based on a Chinese children’s schoolbook series of the same name. It is the official system used to transcribe Mandarin Chinese sounds into the Roman alphabet. Lorenz has transcribed the sounds into a musical score that will be performed by a string ensemble from the renowned Scuola de Musica de Fiesole and a Florentine band. The result will be a new twist on chamber music and sound art. An enlarged reproduction of the original drawing, measuring 1 foot wide x 14 feet long, will be displayed on the floor for the musicians to follow. After the rehearsed performance, other musicians will be invited to follow the act with an improvisational performance based on the drawing.

While in Europe, Lorenz will take a brief trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where he and other Paducah Arts Alliance members will showcase their artwork at Artten, a contemporary art gallery located in Stockholm’s Östermalm district, a wealthy area where museums, embassies and higher public educational institutions are located. Artten’s Made in the USA exhibit is designed to spread the word about the creative Paducah community.

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About the Florence Biennale

The Florence Biennale is considered the main contemporary art exhibit in Florence and represents an excellent showcase of the world’s contemporary art. From its first founding in 1997, the Florence Biennale is one of the few international events to be organized as an independent and self-financed stage for contemporary art. Artists from all over the world come to Florence, where they have the chance to experience cross-cultural dialogue and contribute to making this biennial a reference model. Now in its tenth edition, it has exhibited the work of almost 6,000 artists from more than a hundred countries.

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