Welcome Artists and visitors to this wonderful show!
We asked artists to create artworks inspired by music with a focus on surrealism and abstraction. We were looking for artwork that communicated rhythm and melody or communicated the narratives and symbolism of the song, artists or genre. We have some amazing work lined up for this show and we would like to thank the artists for their hard work, their patience and most of all for sharing their work with us and with you. Artists make this possible and without them the world would be less!
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Allina (Lina) Forrester
Christopher A. Lane
Cecelia Ivy Price
Grace ANN Cummings
Allina (Lina) Forrester
Watercolor and Gouache
Sea Foam was inspired by an upcoming exhibition with beach-related themes, Maria Raczynska’s gorgeous seascapes, and by the song “Orinoco Flow” by Enya. I listened to the song often while painting this piece, and also listened to a few other ocean-related songs such as “Soul of the Sea” by Heart and “Caribbean Blue” by Enya.
A bit about the process: for a reference, I used a photo I took in Daytona Beach, FL. I used watercolor inks to add depth to my color, and used white gouache for my “foam.” More information about the “behind the scenes” of this piece can be found on my blog.
Big Red Bird
Amanda Gaebel (Awkwardbird Art)
Screenprint and Mixed Media
This piece is inspired by an original song by my ex-partner, Jason G. The title of the work is the title of the song: Big Red Bird.The song has a narrative quality about a red-haired young woman who goes by the alias ‘Bird’ and who uses psychedelics to unintentionally find empathy and shift her paradigm of thought. The process I've used is screen printing and mixed media using ink.I created a kind of double image of the woman that represents her altered state and the duality of her shifting perspective and personality.
We Insist depicts the dancer Anna Johnson as she choreographs to the song “We Insist” by Zoë Keating. How much time can one photograph hold, and how does a song impact a dancer’s movements? Are long-exposure photographs and composites of images more realistic because they capture more moments, more realities, than a single quick shutter speed? These are the questions I ask myself when I am behind the camera.
Acrylic on canvas
Up, up, up, double twang, then down and slide, sounded the notes of guitarist Jimmy Neeson’s
latest composition. His haunting notes, combined strangely with a lingering sensation of an earlier morning stroll through a field of wild Spiderwort flowers brushing against my legs. The mixture of both feelings challenged me to apply similar colors and strokes from brush and knife, into one composition.
Acrylic on canvas
Amazing jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor’s mind-boggling interaction with his keyboard in “After All”, lured me into following his broken notes and fluid open spaces, with my color-loaded brushes and knives, replacing his nimble fingers, as they chopped, pranced and spread their way along a path of a surreal landscape of ever-changing reality.
Acrylic on canvas
The energy of Melissa Etheridge as she danced across the stage, filling and thrilling her many fans with songs from “The Medicine Show”, knocked me out. Her constantly changing guitar. with all their various shapes, created a visual kaleidoscope of sensuality that guided my brushes and knives filled with color to capture the lingering ambiance of the
The Toxicity of Broken Promises
Digital Abstract Expressionism
Since being diagnosed with ALS in December 2016, I’ve learned how to use special equipment that allows me to use my eyes to continue using a normal computer to create, adapt, and utilize new artistic techniques by re-configuring Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator’s powerful tool sets.
The song, “Oracle”, by Dance with the Dead, from their album (Loved to Death) put my mind in a place that forced suppressed memories of all the deceitful lies and continued verbal corrosion that I was forced to embrace, during a very dark time in my life, to resurface. I want the viewer to feel the painful, corrosive, and destructive power that broken promises can place upon one’s emotional self. As the painting continues to melt, chip away, and disintegrate from within, you catch glimpses of various colors mixed throughout. They represent an individual’s lifetime worth of enduring gut-wrenching lies and adapting to the mental and emotional scarring from “The Toxicity of Broken Promises”.
Doubt, Like a Cancer, Consumes
Digital Abstract Expressionism
The song, “From Hell”, by Dance with the Dead, from their album (Loved to Death) filled my mind with a vision of an organic, living shaft of heaving, swirling, and morphing tissue. Then from the darkness bellow, a hideously malformed creature begins to clamber and climb the gelatinous flesh-like walls towards the Earth’s surface, hellbent on causing unprecedented havoc on the unaware patrons above. This piece is a reminder that one should always be aware of your surroundings and intentions. Evil lurks everywhere, in many forms, and could very well be slithering its way up from a Hellish world of torture and excruciating pain, to drain your life force through depression, addiction, and self doubt. Remember to always hold tight to your faith because “Doubt, Like a Cancer, Consumes”.
Digital Abstract Expressionism
The song, “WAR”, by Dance with the Dead, from their album (Loved to Death) really got me dwelling on all of the wars humankind has waged throughout history. Even though war has evolved, technologically, the results are always the same. ”WAR”, much like the chaotic lines and design elements of this piece, can be confusing and disorienting. Gun fire going in all directions, artillery shells randomly choosing it’s targets, armored vehicles taking formation, and infantry scattered in every strategic position imaginable. It’s a smorgasbord of complete and utter madness. The mind works in much the same way. When overburdened with heavily stressful situations, the brain can become similar to what you see before you. This in turn can lead to severe confusion and lack of focus, central nervous system damage, and most commonly PTSD. I challenge you to make everyday, calculated common sense from this brain’s Synaptic Mapping. Many people live like this everyday.
Roman Cello Player Fabio Cavaggion
Cecelia Ivy Price
About the artist
Elegant, with a touch of Macabre” Reflecting upon my work I recall past exhibits and accomplishments including various scholarships including two that allowed me the opportunity to travel to Italy for an Art History program at Fredonia, as well as one for my work titled “Halfrican” relating to multicultural self expression. I am most well known for tackling subjects such as body shaming and self confidence issues. The nude form should be seen for it’s perfection even with all of its natural flaws, yet it’s baffling how Americans lack the ability to see the nude form for what it is: raw, pure and natural. Just beautiful.
Hidden within the subject matter I’ve also touched on sexual abuse and some viewers have not appreciated this fact but others have referred to my work as “brave” and say they one day too wish to share their stories with others.
From there I tie in the seemly morbid form of the skeleton. From animal skulls to human ones, exploring vanitas meaning “vanity” and, loosely translated, corresponds to the insignificance of earthly life as well as the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It also means to the artist the certainty of death and not letting life pass you by. This has become more meaningful after the passing of my mother in 2012. I spoke about the work of my mother’s death “Pins and Needles” and the accompanying series “Grave Expressions” at the Skeletons, Stories, and Social Bodies Conference in Southampton, UK last year. I long for a time when nudes will be considered beautiful figures and flourish again not just in art museums but public art just like in Florence and Rome. As part of a past Artist in Residence Program through the North Shore Arts Alliance she created works of art from reference photos she took while in Florence and Rome in 2015. One of her Works of Roman Cello Player Fabio Cavaggion titled “Gli Street Soul” Cecelia took a video of while creating and it can be viewed on her Youtube channel.
Christopher A. Lane
I love music and listen to a very wide variety of genres – from rock and country to R&B and rap. But when I’m making art, what truly inspires me is jazz. I’m especially motivated by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Over the years, I have created a number of pieces either featuring these artists or in some way visually interpreting their music.
“Countdown” is my representation of the Coltrane song by that name from his “Giant Steps” album (1960). The song is wild, crazy, almost chaotic. Some reviewers have described it as “controlled insanity” and “face melting.” To me, it is not only an undeniable demonstration of musical mastery, but a piece that manages to communicate a sense of frantic urgency while flowing smoothly toward a wonderfully satisfying conclusion. In it I see a multitude of shapes, colors and lines converging in a strangely beautiful conglomeration that defies classification. My goal with this pastel abstract was to capture a sense of that complicated collision, exploring opportunities and going in a million directions at once.
Sound visualization of "Constructed" by Zeena Parkins off of "The Adorables". Gallium, ferrofluid, sodium carbonate, light, and sound. A 30mm dish filled with various substances was attached to a speaker vibrated with sound. This is called cymatics. I attempted to capture the visuals of driving through Gary, Indiana at night. There is a visible haze as you enter the area around Gary and the glow of lights from factories on the horizon. For me this particular piece brings to mind a decaying and polluted industrial landscape.
Grace ANN Cummings
Acrylic on canvas
I painted this based upon the classical solo piano composition by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The music is called MUSICAL MOMENT opus 16 No. 4 I am a classical pianist as well as a painter. I learned how to play this particular piece, then recorded it. I then listened to my recording and painted this in response to the music. The music makes me feel a spiral of motion that is relevant to itself, yet throws out energy that asks for a return. I used the purple and redish tones of paint because there is also a slight melancholy angst in the music’s energy. Thank you. I hope you listen to the music as well as look at my painting
Ink - a reduction linocut
To me, there is really nothing more stirring or more poignant than a marching band. Here comes the Horn Section - trumpets and trombones raised skyward, waving in synchrony, framed with tootling clarinets and low-blown saxophones. Maybe someone's a little off-tempo...Up too late last night? A misplaced note or two?... so human - so brave. Here I see the hours and days and years of practice, the earnest effort, the search for beauty, the willingness to fail and try again. The sound - the sheer volume of it - subsumes all thought. One simply "hears" and is carried away in harmony with the fantastic drama of it all.
Dreaming in Color
Grooving with the album Cosmic Alley by the band Johnny Young and the Steller Dogs, I liked the flow of the song “Sweet Love Devine.” Flowing from one natural feeling of color sliding with the music works with this piece. It is a smooth sound so I kept to one medium. Some jazzy pick-up meets with a thin line of purple among the natural colors. As the sound flows around and back again so does the painting. You never get stuck in one place. Inspiration riding on the beat, always moving along.
Track 4, “The Vampire's Lair,” on the album Cosmic Alley by the band Johnny Young and the Steller Dogs is steller scary. Red on dark falling along the screaming yellow. Outside the box. Acrylic on hand made paper. Slapping color riding on fear, anxiety, rising up and falling down. Freak out in progress. The music rode me. The background is dark so there is nowhere to hide. Step into the dark. The color is my mind and the darkness is the music. Is the place burning? Is there a way out? The hand made paper has jagged, rough ends which fall along with the theme.
Acrylic on Hand Made Paper
Continuing to groove with the album Cosmic Alley by the band Johnny Young and the Steller Dogs, I flew with the song, “Across the Tracks.” The beat starts and you know you are in for a ride. You feel it going, then riding on it is some out there and swirling sound. This piece is everywhere, so you can hear that anything goes, slap and play on the canvas with mixed media. The art is a cosmic jam of layers of what might work. Acrylic, feathers, blocks of letters that got pulled off. Hard to find the right click to a wild ride. I slapped on some dried acrylic from my palette. This one has so much change in the music that I took a long time to make this piece. Slamming drums kept me working. That uncanny rhythm kept coming back,so I kept a lot of rotation but kept it in small places. This piece has lots of different colors, textures and layers just like the music. I had to listen many times to get it right.
Ahead of its time - The story of the 1909 I.P.O.D.
“There we stood on a dark and isolated planetoid
Shivering like a San Andreas windowpane
Suddenly looking up and seeing for the first time
The high suspended moon
Vain attempts with rocks to dislodge the thing
Failed like spring-loaded boots and cowboy lassooing
Suddenly we heard Julie for the very first time
And her voice was warm as June
She said, "What you need is a rocket
But a rocket's not an easy thing to make."
“Futz said Julie” from Pain album “Full Speed Ahead”, 1999
So we have a preindustrial society fascinated by the moon. A goddess (?) appears, and offers to help them with a rocket. They soon discover that the rocket is ultimately useless without fuel and all the support technology to go along with it. I was fascinated with the idea of some anachronistic device suddenly appearing in a setting that just isn’t ready for it. My I.P.O.D. would certainly captivate an audience in 1909, but buyers would soon realize that the lack of recording studios and storage media would limit the music selection, and the plutonium cartridges were a prohibitively expensive and dangerous power source.
mixed media digital drawing on rag paper
Moth Envy is all about perceptions. How different a city looks to a tiny moth flying over the lights, skyscrapers, traffic and streets. A nocturnal vision enhanced by listening to the song "Theme From the Bottom" by the band Phish. Sometimes a change in perspective is all it takes to rise above the darkness.
Dragon dreams of the game for the throne
I use music the way a shaman uses a drum beating in darkness - to journey. I do not move to music but with it. It becomes part of the stream of creative impulses that carries me. I make a gesture. I weave and mold. I wait for the moment when color and movement come together. This work was moved into being with the support of German score composer Ramin Djawadi’s music. This 'game for the throne' refers to personal sovereignty. Which of our contradictory characters will win the most sacred of thrones, the Self?
Still life of cosmic giggles
When I paint, following my own open-ended expression, music offers me a magic carpet. The bold theatricality and exuberant colors presented by the Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun have led me deeper into my own extravagant use of color. I have resonated with their music since hearing the track Walking on a dream. Hints of feathers, ritual dancing, Aztec symbols and shamanic cultures appear in my own work, a celebration of the rhythms of human existence.
Wild-eyed Wonders about the via negativa
A work moved into being with the support of Norwegian DJ and record producer Alan Walker’s music. I am 46 but I still enjoy the youthfulness of Walker’s Electronic Dance Music. There is a quality that is both tongue-in-cheek and poignant. His music touches something in me, something I can only describe as 'memories of a forgotten future'. It captures a dark hope - the mood of a generation who see themselves inheriting a broken world. Via negativa refers to a process of stripping away, creating a path of least resistance – this is the way I like to paint.
Younger Sibling’s Lemonade
Laura Smethers (Laura ES)
I was inspired by a very odd, surreal song from Deerhoof called “Lemon and Little Lemon”. The first verse particularly:
The little lemon hides its rind
Sour person's double mind
Who won't let go of you
A troubled team, a little lemon who
Still lives inside of you
A deadpan stare, half hidden. The double nature of dark, large shapes verses detailed and light areas. Combing my surrealist influence of René Magritte and my own graphic art style, I created a piece that explores contrast, expression, and what can be gathered in just a glimpse.
The song that I used as inspiration is Richie Hawtin's song titled: Aa2. He released it in 1999 as part of a 3 track LP on his label Minus and the name of the album is "Decks and Efx and 909". It is a minimal techno track and is nostalgic to warehouse parties - a special time and place that defined modern pop culture.
The Devil Has Friends
Acrylic on acrylic
Marcus Brown literally paints or draws with his self-created sound producing art-instruments while singing hip-hop / rock vocals on top of a dark electronic-hop backdrop. For over a decade Brown has been making sound producing painting instruments and using them to create works of visual and musical art in a process he developed called Electro-Sonic Painting. PAINT WITH MUSIC is a band / performance group that Brown formed to bring his musical painting work to a live audiences and to collaborate with other musicians in the process of making a work of art.
"Brown's work is hard to describe. Using projections from paint brushes rigged with tiny camera lenses, drawing pads that act like electronic drum heads, and other ingenious inventions, Brown blends aggressive action-painting with abstract music like a bebop Jackson Pollock." - Doug MacCash NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Beatles: Montage I
Unique Hand-Embellished Giclee
Markham’s work is an embodiment of the independent artistic spirit which finds dark overtones of monsters and uncertainty by taking a surrealist view to explore subjects that many shy away from. An artist and musician from Detroit, Markham shows us the beautiful ugly side of life that has no boundaries. Markham brings a unique vision and voice that is yet unheard, and needed, in the world of art.
Detroit Artist’s Market
Horse With No Name
Oil Painting on canvas
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the song ‘A Horse With No Name’ by America. The thought of being lost in the desert on a horse and the imagery the lyrics caused made me feel...adventurous. I loved the conflicting idea there there is so much life in the dessert but also things that once existed, and have since moved on. I wanted to capture the feeling of that song in this painting, where a skull is being left behind and there is someone riding a horse in the background.
Acrylic on canvas
My work ’Four Seasons’ were inspired by music of a great and extraordinary talented Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. In particular, his work ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ made a significant impression not only to me but also to my art. Through my work I wanted to create visual effect of Piazzolla’s music. Therefore, I created ‘Four Seasons’ which convey my impression of this extremely beautiful music.
Duck Wear Skates
water color, collage, digital
Human evolution has led us to sometimes choose to ignore, or forget, some of those natural states which we deem “unruly” or “unreasonable.” Through her work in collages, Sakinno always seeks to bring the unnatural back to earth. By taking images of human-made object bizarre configuring them as plants, animals and people, whole new forms of life appear before our eyes. The nature of creation and natural selection is subversive by nature, and Sakinno relishes any opportunity to call attention to the anarchic nature of life and it’s strange course through the stars.
Make It Holy
Oil and Blood on wood panel
"Feel no glory. Feel no pain."
- Make It Holy, The Staves
The sacrificial lamb is a symbol of innocence and suffering for the greater good. As I struggled with depression and heartbreak, I turned towards media and art as a form of escapism. I left movies and music on repeat in the background to keep my loneliness at bay. Make It Holy by The Staves perfectly described my emotions into song and allowed me to channel my pain. I aimed to capture how beautiful and broken it felt to spill my blood on the altar in exchange for another's happiness.
Wrap Myself Around You
Mixed media on canvas
The underlying themes of my work are emotion and energy. I try to examine and understand how these essential elements operate in the unknown parts of the self - the subconscious. Art allows me to manifest what emerges from my subconscious into a physical composition. Concurrently, my conscious mind is often expressed in my art through influences from our physical world. The intricate relationship between the physical and the metaphysical, I find, easily translates into abstract form. In the case for this particular artwork- ‘Wrap myself around you’, my inspiration subconsiously came from the song ‘Jump’ by Julia Michaels, which I was listening to on repeat while creating this piece. Once I was done, all I could see in the painting was the lyrics;
“Cause all I do is jump right into your arms Every time I see you I just wrap myself around you”
Funnily enough when it comes to this painting, I feel and see something jumping as well as something wrapping itself around something. It always amazes me when you notice the mystifying powers of the subconscious at work.
This piece was inspired by an instrumental soundtrack called "Skaidra" by the band Noa Is. It is written and performed by a group of my good friends from Yerevan, Armenia. The artwork represents growth and exploration. I completed the piece overnight in my dining room while listening to their melody after a long day. It’s a reminder to me that good things take time. Growth comes from the grounded roots but a mindset to reach inner freedom.
Homage to Appalachian Spring
Oil on Canvas Board
After some years of working on my spirt (Learning contemplation, etc) I returned to painting in the fall of 2013. As I sought a style, I painted numerous paintings that had been in my head for some years. Such as Chinese characters, Christian symbols, coloring a drawing of Ralph Mayer, etc. Painting a score was one, and I had been listening to Copland's "Appalachian Spring," much of the fall. I love "Appalachian Spring.'' For an old man - a "late bloomer" - it is about rebirth.
Acrylic and Ink on canvas
This work was inspired by the song Motive8 by J. Cole. The message is about loss in the pursuit of gain. The loss of self and friendships can create demons around you that can consume your happiness.