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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

We're Gonna Give It Back (Or It's About You)

Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil - (i) inspired by photo by Reuters
You know that feeling that flows down your spine, washes outward until your fingers and toes tingle when you listen to music that moves you? That what Vinyl Art is about, what I want to connect you with, who I want to paint for you.

I've been asked by a couple of students via email what, if any, meaning or message my art is meant to convey. I've responded saying that I'm not very good at talking about the specific pieces, that any meaning is to be found by each observer. I've never been good at talking about my art's motivation other than the general reason I create it. I hate artist statements. They usually come off so pompous, like "look at me and the big words I can use to completely destroy the meaning of my work." I like my art to speak for itself. In that sense, it is the medium and message.

But I've realized that my art does have a message, that it is meant to communicate something. It is meant to be the physical record of a story, your story. Each unique piece is meant to connect you to your music, your memory, your culture. I want you to be able to look at my painting and hear that music in your head, be transported back to when you listened to it over and over and over, and maybe, just maybe even give you that physical rush.

I want to make your toes tingle.

"Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil does it for me. How about you?


Available - Peter Garrett 02/17/09


classicrockforthesoul said...

I just found your blog and it is VERY interesting!
You are so creative in your work.

Keep up the great job! Look forward to seeing more.

d.edlen said...

Glad you found me! Have fun looking through my blog archives too. James Taylor and a lot of others are in there.


Jeff said...

Great painting, it really conveys intensity so well.

goat said...

You should totally do something by Sunn O))). They're last live album Domkirke was completely analog, and promised never to be released digitally. They even recorded it with analog equipment. They wear these monk-like robes which (I'm no artist) seems like it would go well with the dark tones of black vinyl. It's so bottom heavy, it doesn't just make your toes tingle, it relieves constipation :)