About the Book
Beautifully Falling Apart (2010 - 2011) is a series of 36 paintings each measuring 29 x 20 cm by Colin Lawson. Inspired by the music of ambient musicians Marconi Union, the series is informed by their album 'Beautifully Falling Apart' released by Just Music in 2011. Marconi Union are known for their unique fusion of ambient electronica and organic instrumentation. The album explores motifs of industrial decay and entropy. Lawson's paintings respond visually with mathematically structured compositions which are ultimately foiled by layers of amorphous paint.
An obsession with surface is the subject matter of my painting. Subtlety is a primary concern; a principle influenced by my fascination with ambient music, in particular its ability to envelop the listener without drawing attention to itself. From the early experiments of John Cage through to Brian Eno and present day recordings by Labradford and Marconi Union, I have been searching to find what might be considered a visual equivalent of this remarkable music. It is not my intention to illustrate this music however. The compositions are informed by responses to repeated notes and subtle variations in texture. The gradual introduction of stronger rhythms and the smaller, hidden sounds which surface periodically. My aim is to create an unobtrusive form of painting which will encourage attention rather than demand it.