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December 13, 2013

Local exhibit explores link between visual art and music

NORMAN — Six artists are blurring artistic genres during the upcoming exhibit “Noise Makers” at MAINSITE Contemporary Art opening Dec. 13.

Joshua Boydston, exhibit curator, said the show explores artists who have integrated their passions for both music and visual art. Boydston, who is also a music journalist for the Oklahoma Gazette, said the the two mediums go hand in hand.

“I think there is a kind of language to music that has a lot of footholds and takes fuse from that that you’ll be able to see in the art,” Boydston said. “The biggest tie between all of these artists is that their love of visual art is only matched by their love of music.”

Matt Goad, musician and graphic designer, is one of six artists combining his passions for the exhibit.

The Oklahoma City resident has long dreamed of being in a band. Now at age 43, Goad is living out his childhood fantasies as the guitarist for the Oklahoma City-based band, the Feel Spectres.

During the day he works professionally as a graphic designer for Funnel Design Group, and in his spare time creates works of arts. For Goad, the process of designing, painting and creating music are one in the same.

“When you create a piece of art, you are writing a story,” he said. “Whenever I write a song, I have a visual image of it. And whenever I draw something, I have an audio vision of it, too.”

Goad’s nature-inspired, geometric paintings draw the eye right in, leading to a world of pop art reproduction of the mid-twentieth century. Goad said he wants his art to tell a fun and creative story in every piece. He also hopes he can impact people that see his art, just as artists did for him when he was growing up.

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