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Benjamin S. Anderson, Artist Statement
A constant source of inspiration for me as an Artist are two
modes of art; visual art and music. They intertwine and have causal
interplay with each other, that is, they add to each others existence and
energy as creative art forms of expression. As a visual artist and
performing musician, I have a deep interest in both of these art modes.
Fusing these two forms of art into music inspired paintings of musicians
helps express my artistic voice.
I have represented musicians who
have mentored me as a musician in drumming, guitar, and ensemble expertise,
and musicians that have inspired me. I have tried to capture and express the
moments in music that these musicians experience.
portrayed in this show are all musicians that I feel a personal connection
with. Some of these musicians are people that I have had a teacher-student
relationship with, a professional relationship, or a fan based relationship.
Due to these relationships, my musical understanding and creativity has
grown in ways that shape the way I interpret music. Experiencing music and
creating musical ideas on the spot or improvising, is the most interesting
and exciting part of my journey as a musician.
In regards to the
creative process of art and music; what I see I hear, and what I hear I see.
For me, the connection between visual art and music is that when I perform
music, I imagine new imagery for my paintings, and vice versa. Painting
musicians is exciting to me as I listen to the music of the musicians while
I paint them.
Jazz music is quite possibly one of the most expressive
forms of instrumental creative improvisation. jazz has been essential to my
appreciation for blues, rock, classical, reggae, pop, folk, Latin, African,
South Asian, and many other forms of music. What fascinates me about many of
the musicians in this show is that they are either jazz musicians, or at
least have a history of playing jazz before pushing the genre into new
unknown waters where the music transcends genre. Of course like all forms of
art, there are no hard boundaries here, and my appreciation for music
transcends the Jazz genre as does the portraiture in the show.