String Poet is a magazine focused on connections between music and other arts. They recently did an interview with me and featured several pieces from my Music and Machinery Series. My thanks go out to Professor Jean Kreiling at Bridgewater State University (Music Department) for helping make the connection!
Scroll down to see the works featured in the interview/article.
I have a number of geometric abstract paintings that use rhythm in a manner suggestive of music. Many of them also feature mechanical or electromechanical motifs (very abstracted). They are in many ways an expression of my own dual background and education in Music and Engineering.
Music, especially music theory, always fascinated me because it arranges sound in time to create something that makes sense to the human mind. Machinery holds a similar fascination. Things that move to create an effect also need to have all of their parts and bits organized in time (and also space). There is a rhythm to machinery and to engineered devices that is very reminiscent of the order found in music. At the same time, these human inventions create sounds that are their own background music. Even solid state devices can create sounds; for example piezoelectric and electromechanical materials create precision movement and temperature control. They squeak and hum while they work with a very distinctive and recognizable timbre.
To bring the idea of music and machinery full circle, imagine working in a laboratory full of complex machines and devices. Each laboratory instrument has a pattern of events associated with it – inputs and outputs that occur at specific times and with different rhythms. Often these events produce sound. Monitoring and working with the different inputs and outputs of the instruments in a laboratory imposes a rhythmic choreography on the researcher. While this particular dance is one of efficiency and knowledge creation, it is also creates a satisfying and perhaps beautiful slice of order in space and time.
Abstract Paintings Inspired by Music and featured in String Poet
|Technocool, Original Acrylic painting on panel, 16 x 20 inches||Backbeat, original acrylic painting on panel, 5×7 inches||Suspension, Resolution, original acrylic painting on canvas, 16 x 20 inches|
|Narratives, original acrylic painting on canvas, 16 x 20 inches||Divertissment, original acrylic painting on canvas, 16 x 20 inches||An Acoustic Perspective, Original Acrylic painting on panel, 16 x 20 inches|
|Rhythm in Blue, original acrylic painting on panel, 12 x 12 inches||
Span, original oil painting on linen, 16 x 16 inches
|Variation in Red Minor, original acrylic painting on panel, 12 x 12 inches|
Other pieces in the Series
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