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.
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