Robbins, in the process of creating “Resilient.”
This semester we are thrilled to be showcasing the work of painter and USC landscape artist, Dave Robbins. In addition to creating the fifth work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, a number of his paintings will also be on display in the Music Library this Fall.
About his chalkboard mural, entitled “Resilient,” Robbins writes: “This mural represents overcoming the many challenges that we are faced with throughout life. Whether it is tragedy and turmoil, or simply minor hurdles that challenge our lives, eventually we are able to step back and appreciate our perseverance and bathe in its tranquility.”
Resilient will be on display in the Music Library through December 2017.
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.”
Primavera (acrylic on canvas) by Nancy Hayes Washington
“I suppose I must have been an artist all my life, but for a long time I just didn’t realize it,” Nancy Hayes Washington writes as the first line in her Artist’s Statement. The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes twelve of Washington’s photographs and paintings.
Washington’s inspiration to begin creating her own visual art came as the result of a class in religious art taught at the Lutheran Seminary. Her instructor insisted that “to truly appreciate the masters (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.) we needed to paint ourselves…” and instructed the class to “paint something from The Creation.” Washington writes,”The very next day I purchased some acrylic paints, some brushes and some canvases and I have been painting ever since.”
Washington has had two show of her acrylic paintings, one of which is still up at Shandon United Methodist Church and this is the third show featuring her photographs. She’s won several prizes for her photography as well, including First Prize for Photography at the Trenholm Artists Guild’s 2014 Spring Juried Art Exhibit & Sale.
Belone, Belone by Don Bishop
The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of works from Trenholm Artsts Guild member Dr. Don Bishop. Dr. Bishop was educated at North Greenville University, Furman University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has retired after forty years as a Senior Pastor.
He studied and taught stained glass for years before beginning his journey into abstract painting. In his Artist’s Statement Dr. Bishop writes, “I seek to capture a small glimpse of the beauty of nature that has been given as a gift to mankind through our Creator. Art is all around us to be enjoyed and admired. What a joy to become a partner with our wonderful world.” He has further evolved into an “environment abstract painter,” seeking to “transpose environmental images and themes” using the natural world around him as inspiration.
Dr. Bishop’s works have won awards in the Seven Oaks shows and in the Fine Arts Division of the SC Fair as well as having been exhibited in galleries in Cayce and Aiken, SC.
“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.
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.
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/.
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
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.
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.
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.