27 October 2009

LVB9 - installation artwork, music-inpired: now on main website

© 2009 Wayne Roberts. All rights reserved. (detail view above)
This work is now on my main art website. Text consists mainly of extracts from my blog, here. Shown above is a close-up view of part of the CD-collage section of the painting.

23 October 2009

The Pacific

Photograph © copyright Wayne Roberts, Canberra Australia

Mid-south coast, NSW, Australia.

20 October 2009

Indian motif, Hamilton NZ

photo © copyright 2008 Wayne Roberts.

13 October 2009

The Lifeboat

56cm x 76cm, 300gsm Lanaquarelle cold-pressed paper
Winner of the 1996 Paul Schwartz Memorial Award,
American Watercolor Society, New York

I decided to show this transparent full-sheet watercolor here on my blog for several reasons.
1) It seemed to resonate with the spirit of LVB9 (see artwork several posts below)
2) Every so often artists produce works they almost "recognise", like a kind of déjà vu, but not exactly so. This happened for me in the above watercolor.
3) Imo there seems to have entered into the blogosphere a notion that 'new is better' and that we must be seen to be constantly updating and 'moving forward'. This can conceivably create all sorts of anxieties be they large or small.

In this watercolor, painted directly and interactively to wet paper without preliminary drawing, I imagined the storm as somehow providing the very rescue needed, the emblematic lifeboat, in a palmar upward thrust of sea amongst the surrounding turbulence. [Figures in this painting would have been superfluous and would have detracted from the symbolism of the lifeboat. The rescued figures are emblematically inferred.]

The Lifeboat, to me, resounds with Beethoven's 9th. But here I've decided to relate the Lifeboat painting to an entirely different kind of music (see YouTube vid immediately below): a song by the Australian band The Black Sorrows, "Hold on to Me". The lyric connects all: The rescued, ..rescuing.
No room on the lifeboat, you can hold on to me.

12 October 2009

Cantaloupe Island

See/hear a classic of Jazz Fusion (on YouTube) Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland , Jack DeJohnette. Crank it up, and click HQ button lower right-hand corner for better sound qual.

09 October 2009

For artwork LVB9, please refer to posts below "Waterlilies, Centuries"

LVB9 is a large multimedia installation artwork (see LVB9 posts below) inspired by Beethoven's 9th symphony. [More commentary is below each image (please scroll downwards). Further new work should be posted soon..