Saturday, August 9, 2014

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Art Show

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia will be featuring my painting “Nec Spe-Nec Metu” in its upcoming exhibition. This exhibition was made possible because of Ken Marquis imagination and the MSV director Dana Hand Evans.
The idea was to promote reduce, reuse, and recycle waste into imaginative art.

This is an exhibition of environmentally inspired contemporary art, “Second Time Around”: The Hubcap as Art will present works by nearly 300 artists from every U.S. state and 35 other countries. The objects were created by artists from across the globe who responded to an invitation issued by the Pennsylvania-based, nonprofit Landfillart Project to turn a discarded hubcap into art. Second Time Around, which marks the first time these objects will be on public exhibition, will be at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from September through March 1, 2015. The exhibition will travel to other museums.

Second Time Around will represent the wide range of styles, sizes, and mediums used by artists who responded to the Landfillart Project invitation. Objects range in size from a single hubcap footprint to a sculpture that is nearly eight feet tall. Some objects are kinetic, incorporate sound, and illuminate; many directly reference specific environmental issues.

Here is a video about the exhibition…

Here is more info from the museum…

Here is info about my piece and how it all started…

Thanks and please check out the exhibition if you are on the east coast.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Klaus Nomi-Sketch

August 6th marked more then 30 years since the death of Klaus Nomi. Nomi was a German countertenor know for his wide vocal range and brilliant visionary theatrical performances. His music was ahead of its time and he died too young. 

Klaus said “the future is based on the needs of the artist, deciding how to live and living that way every minute. Klaus, the man from the future, lived that way in the present, and held out his hand saying, come with me. You can do it too." He inspired a generation of cutting edge singers, artists, and moviemakers.

I created a sketch of Nomi’s portrait with his lyrics from his song death below it. Death is a song from Nomi's second album, Simple Man which is a remake of the aria Dido's Lament from the Opera Dido and Æneas by Henry Purcell. 

This is an incredible version in my opinion. This really shows off Klaus's amazing countertenor voice. 

These are the lyrics if you would like to know what he is singing…

Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
On thy bosom let me rest,

More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest. 

When I am laid, am laid in earth, 
May my wrongs create 
No trouble,
no trouble in thy breast;

Remember me, remember me, but ah!  Forget my fate.

Remember me, but ah! 
 Forget my fate.

If you would like to see his videos here are a couple,

We still remember you Klaus and your inspiring voice.