Making Friends and Having Fun: Theo, Ben and David (2013)

Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss

Inspiration: Ben Neill, Theo Metz, and David Rothenberg. Live Performance. June 6, 2013. Kingston, NY. | Musical Genre: Experimental Ambient

This was created as a result of my being an audience member experiencing musical performances by these three composer/musicians. Ben and Theo teach in the Ramapo College of New Jersey music department and David teaches philosophy and music at NJIT.

Dream Phase (2013)

Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss 9.25”x11.75”
Cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
9.25”x11.75”

Inspiration: Ben Neill. “Dream Phase.” 1996. Triptycal. Verve Records. | Length: 6:14 minutes; Musical Genre: Experimental Ambient

Although this piece is named after a specific Ben Neill composition, it is a general gestalt of my several experiences with his live performances. His self-designed “Mutantrumpet with its electro acoustic computer system generates bright red and golden horizontal wiggly layers that echo, punctuated by surprising vertical interstitial skittery boxes and circles of rhythm.

Totem: Frozen Shoulders (2012)

Cotton, cotton-polyester blend, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 20.5”x9”
Cotton, cotton-polyester blend, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss
20.5”x9”

I drew this when my shoulders were mostly paralyzed and I could not move more than a few inches. As a result, the original was only a few inches high, rigid and filled with the tension and stress of my infirmity. The final, fabric version was transformed into a totem of my improving health after I recovered. Through this journey, I felt like I was reaching out to the spirit world to help me survive and release me from my paralysis.

Message from Outer Space (2013)

Hahnemühle Fine Art German Etching Paper 310 gsm, giclée print 9.75”x7.75”
Hahnemühle Fine Art German Etching Paper 310 gsm, giclée print
9.75”x7.75”

Inspiration: Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno. “Message from Outer Space.” 2008. Pink Lady Lemonade – You’re from Outer Space. Riot Season. | Length: 17:59 minutes; Musical Genre: Psychedelic Noise

Powerful repetitive sets of rolling tape loops amidst chaotic, atonal wandering vocal meanderings. I am drawn to the crisp spaces between the sounds.

Sound & Sense Responses of a Synesthete