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Music has been a cultural constant in virtually every society in history; the flute has been an integral part of that history.

While early flutes consisted mostly of instruments with open sound holes, modern flutes have evolved a complex mechanism, allowing for musical performance in all 12 diatonic keys.  I am fascinated by the mechanisms of modern reed and woodwind instruments and their linear complexity.

Over a background of color streaks, on a single streak of metallic white in the center of the frame, this mechanism consists of one single continuous black line, beginning at the mouthpiece, zigging and zagging through the rod system and key mechanism, punctuated with dots of color.

One of a series.

acrylic on foamboard 9 x 28

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