Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Dave Robbins

This semester, Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of local artist Dave Robbins, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes six of Robbins’ paintings. Additionally, he has contributed the latest chalkboard creation to our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, and for a short time, the Music Library will host an additional display of Robbins’ works in conjunction with the Southern Exposure Concert on Oct. 13, 2017.

Dave Robbins is a native of the Carolinas and currently resides in Columbia, SC. Painting with acrylics and primarily using cool tones, Robbins describes his paintings as “minimal and slightly abstract.” His art is also influenced by his work as a landscape designer and horticulturalist for the University of South Carolina.

Through his paintings, Robbins seeks to “represent our sense of the unnatural in the natural landscape” and believes that “the more one tries to rationalize the dark beauty of nature, the more rich, complex, and elusive it becomes.” Robbins’ hope is that “this this primitive feeling of the unnatural, in which a scene feels both familiar and unknown, forces us to slow down and consider the elements of our own ‘reading’ of the natural world.”

Robbins says of his work, “My art represents what I see in nature and how I translate it onto a canvas. Much like life, my art tends to continually evolve. I just hope to enjoy the ride.”

 

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the works of Katia Lee

"Fluid Chaos" by Katia Lee

“Fluid Chaos” by Katia Lee

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of photographer Katia Lee. All of the works currently on display were inspired by this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert “Transforming the Concert Experience with Karel Dohnal, clarinet, and Earsight Duo” which will feature works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Snowden.

This concert includes a substantial visual component with video as well as costume, dance and pantomime being an integral part of the performances. When experiencing Snowden’s pieces as the source of her inspiration, Lee began by listening to the music twice before viewing the videos provided, once blindfolded and then while taking notes. The music evoked thoughts about wiretapping which inspired the works “Ode to the N.S.A. or Words on the Line,” and “Static on Main.” The “clicks, hums, and swirls of Snowden’s pieces” also inspired the works “Light Pulse Blues” and “Sonic Meditation.”

Stockhausen’s “Harlekin” was a different experience for Lee, with the music leading her to research the history of the Harlequin and commedia dell’arte, as well as Stockhausen himself, which led to the work “Harlequin Dance.” “Contemplating the frequencies, tones and vibrations of the dance” led to the creation of “Oscillations of Spring,” “Fluid Chaos,” and “Stone Cadence.”

Lee’s works are currently exhibited in the library and will be on display during the concert. They will remain on display in the Music Library for two weeks after the Southern Exposure concert in the SOM Recital Hall this Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM.

Art in the Library: Exposed Wiring Visualized

Artist Ian Cage with his works.

Artist Ian Cage with his Composition 174 and Composition 176.

In continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artist Ian Cage.

In his artist’s statement Cage describes his interests as residing “in abstraction and the visual elements of language; exploring energy in color, form and symbol.” Cage has created 12 new 30″ x 30″ works using acrylic, graphite, and polymer on canvas, each work inspired by the four world premiere pieces by composers Reginald Bain, Jesse Jones, Christopher Stark, and Cameron Britt that will be featured in this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert.

Ian Cage’s works can be viewed in the Music Library before the concert and next to the School of Music Recital Hall during the concert on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM.

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Jim Dukes from the Trenholm Artists Guild

 

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard and this semester is no exception. The Spring 2016 featured artist is Jim Dukes and his mural is the second in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dukes’ art is focused on the healing that its creation can bring. Faced with personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Dukes “chose the path of redefining his life through art.” In addition to working on his own artistic works he is also engaged in helping others to find a path to recovery through the visual arts.  In 2016 he will be the Director of Healing Arts at the Big Barn Retreat, a non-profit that “provides a variety of free services for veterans and their families…with a focus on treating and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Dukes creates his photography-based art using his Droid Maxx cell phone and free or low cost editing software. In his Artist Statement he writes, “My goal remains to inspire others in similar situations to choose any art outlet at their disposal and just start creating.”

Dukes’ mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Spring semester. A selection of his works are also currently being featured near the Music Library entrance. More information on Jim and his works can be found on his website at http://www.jjdphoto2art.com/.

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Tish Lowe and Dawn Faber

Apparitions, Ink on Paper, Letita "Tish" Lowe

Apparitions, Ink on Paper, Letita “Tish” Lowe

In continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artists Letita “Tish” Lowe and Dawn Faber.

Italian trained contemporary realist Dr. Tish Lowe specializes in portraits, figural, and still life oil paintings. Nine of her works for ink on paper are being displayed in conjunction with the Southern Exposure concert featuring George Crumb’s Apparition being held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free.

Moon Shadows, Watercolor, Dawn Faber

Moon Shadows, Watercolor, Dawn Faber

Also on display are the abstract paintings of Dawn Faber which are described as being “rich with texture, color, movement, and warmth. Her displayed works are entitled Moon Shadows, Peace be with You, Garden Party, Fancy That I, Rhythms I, Rhythms II, Legacy, and Changes.

 

 

 

 

Art in the Music Library: A Visual Representation of Mahler’s 10th Symphony

Artist Tim Floyd next with his Mahler's Symphony No. 10 Triptych

Artist Tim Floyd with his Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 Triptych

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is proud to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artist and USC alum Tim Floyd.

Floyd‘s work “Listen” was displayed last fall in the Onomatopoetic Exhibit in conjunction with the North American premiere of Jesse Jones‘ “In Dulcet Tones” as part of the SOM’s Cornelia Freeman Concert Series.  In addition to “Listen” six more of Floyd’s works are currently on display, including, most notably, his triptych inspired by Mahler’s 10th Symphony. This multi-canvas oil painting was created as a visual counterpart to the premiere of the Argento Chamber Ensemble‘s chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s 10th.

In his “Artist’s Statement” Floyd says that he was unfamiliar with Mahler’s 10th Symphony before beginning his work on these paintings, so he immersed himself in the music as well as the history of the man and the work in particular. Floyd writes, “While looking into this triptych, I hope you see Mahler’s baton and smell the air of a century ago. Although time may separate us, the human struggle is much the same. Man in need, expressing himself by filling the air with sounds or smearing oil and pigment on cloth.”

Classical Discrimination: Argento Chamber Ensemble, the first concert of Southern Exposure’s 2015-16 season, will be held in the SOM Recital Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:30PM. Works performed will include Jesse Jones’ ABRAXAS and the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s 10th Symphony. Stay for a post-concert conversation with Argento. Admission is free.

Check out our Chalkboard! See the First Work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series

Dreams Denote Success by Lee Breuer

Dreams Denote Success by Lee Breuer

As part of the Music Library’s growing collaboration with the Trenholm Artists Guild (TAG), we are thrilled to introduce a new series of original art works entitled The Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series. As part of this series each semester a new original work will be created by a local artist on our stairwell chalkboard!

The series opening work, currently on display, was contributed by TAG member Lee Breuer and is entitled Dreams Denote Success. As a caption Breuer adds, “One must dream in order to achieve true success.” We are so excited to be hosting this one-of-a-kind work for the semester and hope you’ll stop by to see it in its entirety.

New Art from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Blues Piano by Lee Breuer

Blues Piano by Lee Breuer.

As part of our continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild, the Music Library is excited to have the art of West Columbia Artist, Lee Breuer, on display in the Music Library.

Breuer‘s influences are diverse, ranging from impressionists and post-impressionists Lautrec, Cezanne, and Van Gogh to the illustrations of Daumier and Dr. Seuss.

Six of his music themed works, including Blues Piano pictured to the left, can now be viewed near the Music Library entrance.

Additionally, he has created an original chalkboard work for us entitled “Dreams Denote Success.”

Art in the Library

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Unleashed, Acrylic on Canvas, by J. Michael McGuirt

The Music Library is excited to be partnering with the Trenholm Artists Guild to bring works by local artists to the library on a regular basis. Currently we are displaying the works of J. Michael McGuirt. Displays will be changed several times a semester so stop by and enjoy the art!