Bach Tripping Over Ideas
© 1995 Ginger Henry Geyer
glazed porcelain with platinum, gold, and mother-of- pearl
Installed app. 1" x 18" x 11 ¼"
Adaptation of Rosenthal's Morning Prayers in the Bach Family
Legend has it that when Johannes Sebastian Bach was quizzed about his prolific ideas for compositions, he replied, "I have so many ideas that I'm lucky if I don't trip over them each morning." A comical image of the portly Bach in his nightshirt and slippers, yawning and kicking light bulbs became stuck in my mind (another light bulb joke I guess...) Why is it that in today's art world we tend to idolize either ideas (in academia and with conceptual art), or objects (in museums, galleries, and in the craft "ethic")? All creative persons are acutely aware of how their best ideas and objects are conceived--some call it magic, some call it grace.
Above the star is another connection to morning, a detail from a painting entitled Morning Prayers in the Bach Family. Here the prayers are music, being both sung and played on violin and harpsichord. What illuminates music, art, prayer? See the logo on the light bulb, a monogram of Chi Rho.