The Norman Transcript

December 13, 2013

Local exhibit explores link between visual art and music

by Kirsten Viohl
The Norman Transcript

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.

“There is a lot of crummy stuff in this world,” Goad said. “I want people to look at my art or listen to a song and feel better than they did before they saw or heard it.”

The exhibit also includes artists such as Oklahoma City’s Chad Mount — who has done it all with his art — from designing album covers to anchoring a canvas to a violin. There is James Smith, the Oklahoma City front man of the punk band, The Boom Bang, who also creates art work for garage rock.

Tulsa-based artist Denny Schmickle is a graphic designer who specializes in hand-printed silkscreen concert posters and gallery installations. Aaron Whisner, also from Tulsa, is a street-art influenced designer whose posters range from Band of Horses all the way to Jurassic Park 5. James Camilli, the lone wolf from Kansas City, Kans., is a printmaker and musician.

Boydston describes the exhibition as giving off a youthful and rebellious energy that MAINSITE shows have not seen in a while.

“Some people think that visual artists are one thing and musicians are another,” Boydston said. “A big passion of mine is showing how music and art and life all interact. This idea will come out in the Noise Makers.”

The opening reception is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Dec. 13 at MAINSITE, 122 E. Main St., in conjunction with December’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. The exhibit runs through Jan. 11 with a closing reception scheduled 6-10 p.m. Jan. 10.

The exhibit will also showcase an audio-visual installation created by Norman New Wave band Depth & Current.

Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner and photographer Sarah Engel-Barnett will showcase some of her latest work in The Library Gallery.

The Water Closet Gallery will house “Place Make” an exhibit from local painter and sculptor Anna Thomas.


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