Breath, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 28 X 38 inches
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Maplewood, NJ 07040
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My current body of work was primarily inspired by a concert of original music composed by my son Theo and performed by his Octet at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey on March 16, 2016. The concert was part of SOPAC’s ‘Jazz in the Loft’ series.
For some time I’ve felt that Theo’s music holds a depth and breadth that allowed, demanded actually, several listening sessions to be truly appreciated and understood. In this I found a parallel to what I’ve long felt about great painting in that it requires sustained and repeated viewing to be fully appreciated as well as to reveal its secrets. And so the idea came to me to use this concert and the resulting recordings as a point of departure for this work.
The pieces will exhibited in my studio for the tour along with my son's music.