Visual Art and Music Inspire each other at Kingston and Beyond

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Jim Zingarelli, Chord & Color watercolor study, 2015.
This week wraps up the solo exhibition Syngergy: Chord & Colorby Jim Zingarelli. It is on view through this Sunday July 31- you still have nearly a week to see it! The paintings refer to jazz music, in detailed and technical ways, merging the influences of visual and aural expression with a finely calibrated technique (read more about his work on this press release). This show inspired us to look into other contemporary artists creating work that is influenced by music, other than album covers.

Kingston’s Center Gallery was host to much lively discussion during the opening reception on Friday, July 1. Visitors included many of Jim’s fond students and those inspired by the series. Installation view, Synergy: Chord & Color, 2016.
Lincoln Hancock, in collaboration with the collective Yuxtapango, created the riotous installation, Exploded Hipster, with clothing sourced from music lovers in North Carolina. This work was exhibited at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, NC in 2015. It reflects the region’s strong contemporary music scene, which includes Merge Records and the Hopscotch Music Festival. Hancock, who is also a musician, worked with sound in another way in 2014 in another collaborative project, Detroit Gold Record. As he wrote on his website,

The Detroit Gold Record project uses tools and methods of music, art, and design to provide a means for communicating Detroit’s re-imagined dream to those of us floating on our own planets, living day-to-day in our own remote galaxies, perhaps yet to reckon with the full impact of profound and monumental change.

Hancock opted for an open-format method to consider Detroit as a place that both mightily struggles in the post-industrial era and stimulates creativity and imagination.

Like Hancock, Yuko Mohri is both a visual artist and a musician. At the Yokohama Triennale in 2014, she created I/O: Chamber of a Musical Composer. This automated assemblage, which features long, arcs of paper rolls, makes subtle sounds by reading dust that has gathered on the paper’s surface. It is part of a series of works made with secondhand, found objects. A recognized part of Japan’s avant-garde music and visual art scene, a crucial part of Morhi’s process is personally collecting the items that become part of her kinetic, sound-making creations (which takes place internationally). Many of her creative decisions are founded in musical rather than visual concerns.

Earlier this spring, the Harvard Art Museums and the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art co-hosted an exhibition containing a wealth of modern and contemporary artists. A three-part exhibition, Art of Jazz included memorable work by artists including Lina Iris Viktor and Whitfield Lovell. Jazz played This final example may be closest in spirit to Jim Zingarelli’s Chord & Color series because it is also inspired by jazz.

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Jim Zingarelli, Chord and Color #2 (detail), oil, graphite, and galkyd on linen over panel, 2015, entire work 42 x 16 inches.
What else? Did this post remind you of your favorite art/music synergy? Tell us about it in the comments!

Jim Zingarelli (BFA Pratt Institute, M.A. Trinity College, CT, Nicoli Botteghe Artistici di Scultura, Cararra, Italy) is a painter and sculptor who has been teaching art for 36 years and is currently Professor of Art at Gordon College, Wenham, MA. He has taught at The Salzburg Institute, Salzburg, Austria as well as The Orvieto Semester, Italy and The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT. His work has been exhibited at the Andrea Marquit Gallery (Boston), Pepper Gallery (Boston), Vorpal Gallery (NY), Dartmouth College, Yale University, Berklee College of Music, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Attleboro Museum. He resides and works in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

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