Hassan Bouhia

Lines of joy

What meaning may be attributed to language games that seek to bring together the practice of practice of painting (which is an art of space and simultaneity) and that of music (which is an art of time and of ordered succession)? Is this sort of language game only an extended metaphor or does it repose on a basis in truth that would make each art the expression of the same structures and the same sensibilities? In expressions such as “musical painting,” “musical line,” and “colorful tone,”what are we seeking to express? These questions, which all amount to interrogating what Aristotle names “common sense,” and what modern science calls “synesthesia,” can be thought through with the help of Hassan Bouhia’s artwork.

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