NORMAN — Music and visual art have always existed hand-in-hand. This relationship is explored in “Noise Makers,” a group exhibition featuring Justin Camilli, Matt Goad, Chad Mount, Denny Schmickle, James Smith and Aaron Whisner opening Friday at Mainsite Contemporary Art.
“There's a language to both art and music that you'll find running through and combining in the works featured in ‘Noise Makers,'” Joshua Boydston, gallery manager of Mainsite Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition, said in a news release.
“These artists all come armed with alternative and progressive sensibilities, and there's a rebelliousness to these pieces that manifest themselves in such drastically different ways with each artist. You can see how their musical influences take shape in their art and their design sensibilities tie back to what they listen to. It's an interesting give-and-take that I think visitors will be able to see in these pieces.”
The artists hail from across Oklahoma and Kansas and work in a variety of mediums.
Camilli is a printmaker and musician who has lived across the Southwest, currently residing in Lawrence, Kan. His imaginative and often darkly mysterious pieces are exemplified in the cover he created for Oklahoma City indie rock outfit Tallows.
Goad is an Oklahoma City artist who has worked professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly 20 years, though he's only recently made the jump to painting on canvas. His whimsical, geometric paintings of animals and nature draw inspiration from classical graphic design and the pop art reproduction of the mid-20th century. He has designed many concert posters and album covers over the years, is a former member of the Starlight Mints and currently fronts Oklahoma indie act Feel Spectres.
Mount is an Oklahoma-based artist who works in illustration, painting and more. His work has appeared in exhibitions across North America, Asia and Europe. Mount has worked with bands including Horse Thief and Brother Bear. Recently, he has experimented with projection mapping, a technological art form that turns objects into a surface for video projection, which he combined with live painting at a recent performance alongside the Canterbury Chorale Society.
Schmickle is a Tulsa-based artist and graphic designer who specializes in hand-printed silk screen concert posters and gallery installations. He has designed posters for the likes of Rilo Kiley, RATATAT, The Melvins, BRONCHO and Meat Puppets.
Smith is an Oklahoma City artist who has gone from fronting one of the city's most outrageous punk bands — the now-defunct The Boom Bang — to creating artwork for garage rock and punk outfits from across the country, including Audacity, Upset and more.
Whisner is a Tulsa-based artist and designer who works in screen-printed posters, apparel and gallery installations. His street-art influenced art and designs have found their way into publications including CMYK Magazine, and he has designed posters for Jurassic 5, Caribou and Band of Horses.
Additionally, “Noise Makers” will showcase an audiovisual installation created by Norman New Wave band Depth & Current.
Photographer Sarah Engel-Barnett, a Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner, 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.