Month: August 2015

The Sound of Visual Art

posted by – 08/27/15 @ 5:40pm

 

ElCaiman300p_web

El Caiman, 2015 Stitched cyanotype collage on canvas, wire inner frame. 36″ x116″

Departure300p_web

Departure, 2015 . Hand colored gelatin silver print. 39’x49″

Expedito300p_web

Expedito, 2015. Digital pigment and Cyanotype mixed media collage. 23.5″ x49″

 

The Sound of Photo Memory

What does visual art sound like? Many times there is a multilayer sensory experience that goes into the process of a work of art, but the audience are presented a final product that may not expose these layers. As I view Josè Betancourt current exhibition, CUBA: reconstructing memories, dealing with his visual memory of Cuba I think of what his memory sounds like. When I call to ask, he walks me through the sounds that play in his mind. Some of these sound made of musicians connected to his family. He speaks on how his soundscape would connect like the collage technique in works such as “ El Caiman.” They are woven together, playing off of one another. Also pieces like “ Expedito” which brings to his mind music overlapping, maybe one song fading into another more chaotic, an interlude of this, and a bridge of that, to make this abstract array of sound. But when asked about a work such as “Departure” he tells me this work could have a single song selection from the album “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis because of its depth and emotional texture. I leave this dialogue understanding how sound plays in his mind surrounding this show. It is amazing when us as viewers look beyond what is presented and ask questions that allow the artist to recall and re-imagine their process, which sheds new insight on the work.

Nashville Ranks #5 City for Creatives and #34 Large City to Live In

posted by – 08/06/15 @ 2:03pm

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Lingering behind New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Kalamazoo, and Austin, Nashville has successfully risen over the years to the 5th position on SmartAsset’s Top 10 Cities for Creatives!

Nashville is already in this top position, yet possesses the potential to attract more creatives as the city puts the pedal to the metal in cultural and economic growth mode.

“While outsiders often associate Nashville with country music, the city’s cultural life goes far beyond twang and honky-tonk.”

Comparing the metrics of cost of living and number of creative workers (28 jobs included in this category for the research) per 10,000 workers, 176 of the largest cities in America were indexed according to attractiveness for creative workers, and Nashville is in the top FIVE.

This accolade, coupled with Nashville ranking #34 on WalletHub’s 2015 Best & Worst Large Cities to Live In, pushes Nashville further into the national spotlight, which will only continue to create growth for our city.

We must be careful, however, that our potential for rapid growth will not put us at a disadvantage when it comes to affordable living for the attraction of creative thinkers and doers to our community.

The Symbiotic Relationship of Art and Corporations

posted by – 08/04/15 @ 4:26pm

Cagney

Warhol, Andy “Cagney” Unique silkscreen on paper 30 x 40 inches A signature part of the UBS Collection of works from the 1960’s

For years, businesses across the globe have collected works of art. But why?

This article from BBC Culture explores the phenomenon of the corporate art collection. Focusing on the collection of UBS Bank, the largest corporate art collection in the world, reporter Alastair Sooke dives into the reasons many corporations today decide to collect contemporary art.

A reason may be that “contemporary art represents a company as dynamic, active and growing – as being part of the world today – and it sends that message to everybody who comes in.” For me this reasoning makes the most sense. Contemporary corporations are progressive entities that serve to further innovation and value for the company and the world around them. Contemporary art also has a similar vein of innovative tendencies coupled with the creation of value for the viewer and the artist.

Some corporations also see it as a philanthropic venture when they purchase art directly from artists, bypassing auction houses and secondary market places, which more directly benefits the artist and communities in which they are involved.

A potential risk involved in collecting contemporary art is that, as art historian Jack Flam said, “One of the most striking qualities of contemporary art is its ability to shock, outrage, and provoke its audience,” which as you might imagine could be troublesome when attempting to accrue new clientele in the corporate setting.

An adherence to a similar artistic aesthetic across all parts of a corporation could help create a brand and create a potentially essential component of a company’s public, and private identity.

Most importantly, I believe, contemporary art serves as an inspiration for creativity. Corporations thrive on this creativity, because we as people are designed to create, specifically to create value for ourselves and others.

To find out more about the UBS collection click here.

Progressive Insurance also has one of the world’s largest corporate art collections. To see details on their collection click here.