Lars Fredrikson was born in 1926 in Stockholm and died in 1997 in France. He was a painter, sculptor and drawer, forerunner of the minimalist sound sculpture. Passionate about music and unique sounds, he also had been influenced by the constructivism of Kandinsky and Malevich. For him, the space around the creation is totally part of it. In the 70’s, he explored the principle of synesthesia and the connections between art and bodies as he shown great interest in poetry and far eastern philosophy. All in all, and throughout his career, he epitomizes the french minimalism.
"The finality of the sounds is, unlike in music, to constitute forms whose execution gives us an experience. Regarding plastic sounds it is a test and even an unstructured intimate test. In contemporary music the sound itself becomes an end more than the relationship of the sounds between them.With the plastic sounds it is not the sound that is aimed at but the silence. Not "the" relative silences, that is to say the space between sounds, but absolute silence.
All of Lars' work revolves around "this" silence which is to give an invasive and non-external test.
If listened with a musical ears, we miss them. We must think only of the unattainable silence. The science of this creation of sounds is to produce only sounds that aim at the right exact point. We do not know why a touch of sound, produced at the precise moment when silence becomes muteness, revives the spiritual intensity of silence; sometimes it takes no more than a rustle. The rule is to avoid contingency. There is in this apparently arbitrary sound of Lars only the most exact necessity. "
Maurice Benhamou, 1991