I know I'm way behind on posting. Summer got away from me and I got out of the habit of posting. I'm hoping to get back into the routine now that fall semester is underway. I have the last of my two metaphysics posts done in rough draft, but I wanted to write a quick post about a new body of work that I've been exploring.
A while back I needed to come up with some new color study activities for my advanced students. Since these were designed to be small activities and aimed at specific color combinations/mixing activities I decided to do all my examples based off of songs. I often will only listen to one song as I work to maintain my color palate, but its normally a much longer time frame to create the work and its rare that I listen to the song on repeat for the entire process from start to finish without stopping so this was a unique experience for me. I've also never set out with such strong intention to mimic the colors. Normally its part of the process but not THE process, if that makes sense.
I decided to use music by a band called Radical Face. Its actually one guy named Ben Cooper and his music is an unusual case for me--normally when I know a song well I can shuttle the secondary synesthetic information into the background of my brain and ignore it as a sort of color white noise. I know the music still is influencing my color choices since if I change songs the art I'm making changes but I'm less conscious of it with repetition. This has not been the case with Ben Cooper's music. The very first time I heard one of Radical Face's songs, the colors were so clear and overwhelming I felt it like a lance through my heart. No matter how familiar I am with a song, no matter how many times I repeat it, every time is like the first time--a barrage of dancing flowing colors that move around me in this fantastical way.
Because his colors are so clear to me, his music was a natural choice for the studies I was working on as samples for my students. But once I had the basic study down--the undertones or foundation colors if you will--I found myself wanting to go back to them and "finish" them. In my head, I knew how the songs went and looking at my color studies was like hearing the bass line without any of the other parts. The lack of completion was really bugging me, so I started finishing them, just for fun. Technology being what it is, I just snapped a color for my slide and then went on to finish the little pieces.
Even after I'd done this several times I still thought of this as just something fun without to do with my color study examples. They didn't have any real purpose. It wasn't until on a whim I sat each one out and listened to the song while looking at them that I realized there was really something here that I needed to delve into in a more purposeful way. I'm not certain what is going to happen, but my artistic spider sense is tingling; I know there's something important evolving in this work. For now I'm sticking with small sizes but I see myself making the jump to larger scale sooner rather than later.
All of the titles are from lines from their respective songs. One of the things I love about Radical Face is the lyrics are like poetry--so its the full sensory experience for me--poetry, music and color. I've created a playlist on spotify and I've tagged each photo with the song they belong to. I will be adding them as they are made to the page on my site I've created for them, which you can see here. The playlist link is there as well. I'm really curious to see where this takes me and excited about manifesting my sensory reality in such a direct way for others to experience.