Conceived as two distinct installations at Victoria Miro, ‘The Seasons Turn’ sees Khan’s continued engagement with the devotionality of repetition, while venturing tentatively into colour. In the lower gallery, a series of 28 panels responds to the narrative rhythmicality in Antonio Vivaldi’s violin concerti The Four Seasons (1723). Notations in oil stick over their aluminium surfaces, matching the fragments that are stamped onto them – scans of sheet music covered in washes of watercolour. In conversation, Khan recalls a ‘sense of calm’ whilst making these works as the seasons changed, equating this with the ‘order contained within the frame […] looking away from all the negativity and looking at all the beauty.’ The seasons turn, and it seems time folds within them.
Image: Idris Khan: The Seasons Turn, 2021, exhibition view
© Idris Khan
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro