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.

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.