The electrostatic transfer prints by Jack Ox seen in the slides below are landscapes documented as part of Kurt Schwitters' life and therefore his personal conceptual space, as well as Ox's drawings-prints
of three of Schwitters' MERZ artworks. Jack Ox also considers his artworks as part of Schwitters' conceptual space and therefore reflections of his mental
space. Ox took fragments of each drawing from different vertical points (based on the pitch recited by KS at that point, with the scale of the fragment determined by
KSs dynamic (loud/soft) value at that moment in the score. If you look closely at the painting sections you will see how these visual themes mimic the aural, phonetic themes
of the Ursonate. Jack Ox would like to credit and give thanks to Xerox Engineering Systems Germany for their generous sponsorship in the making of the prints seen below, and
the printing of the hundreds of meters of images that were painted and then collaged for the 73 square meters (800 square feet) visualization.
How will the money from the sale of the Ursonate painting be used?
The Ursonate painting is being sold by Intermedia Projects Inc, a nonprofit corporation. The money from the sale will be used to support intermedia collaborations that fit within the mission statement. We have recently initiated a new program that will be ongoing to create an archive of mature artist-scientists including a large body of their work with an accompanying virtual tour by the artist. Presently, Intermedia Projects is working with two artists, Peter Beyls and Jack Ox. Beyls has a six month exhibition up at Belgium's Verbeke Foundation. The exhibition has twenty interactive computer installations, many of which had to be reprogrammed on new formats. We shall put these on this site. Beyls will make a series of very short videos where he describes the work, and this will be his virtual tour of the work. All virtual tours will be available to individual and institutional subscribers. Ox is now producing recorded oral virtual tours for the works you see under the "Mappings" tab. Our next artist will be Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris from Auckland, New Zealand. The sale of the Ursonate painting will pay each of the artists and cover production costs. Below you can see some of Beyls' computer generated drawings at the Verbeke.
How and where to install the Ursonate painting?
The installation shots from exhibitions on the previous page show how flexible the Ursonate painting is in hanging. Each section of the painting is within four feet and all are one foot high.They are painted on mylar, are thin and light, and have velcro (hook) already mounted on the back. All that needs to be done is to staple, or use pre-adhesived velcro, to the wall. The painting sections must be installed in order (they are numbered on the backside). The painting has and can easily be shown on curving walls because of the flexibility of the mylar and the method of affixing to walls. The painting units can touch meet at a corner in a room, or break for windows and doors. The installation from Los Alamos shows many of these features.
The purchase of the complete Ursonate painting includes two custom made metal boxes for shipping and storage. These boxes are also in bright colors. The images directly below come from the installation of the First Movement, second performance of the painting at the Verbeke Foundation.
The images below are linked to the scores for the Ursonate itself on the left, followed by the scores for the painting, the letter from Kurt Schwitters' son,
validating the recording Ox had found and used to make her scores, and finally the color chart for the vowel sound tranparent color glazes links to the story of how the
Ursonate painting/visualization was created.