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Radar Love Collage

John Melville

United States

Collage, Plastic on Aluminium

Size: 12 W x 12 H x 0.7 D in

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There are many ways that musicians perform or reproduce music. Music is transcribed utilizing staff paper and/or chord charts with standard musical notation while musical performances are recorded on a digital audio workstation or to analog tape. As a drummer, I view a used drum head as a culmination of both recording and transcribing music in an abstract sense. Although there is no playback audible with these drawings or a conventional notation language one could use to reproduce a previous performance, there is a record of sound and motion. The way the stick strikes the head leaves different marks behind. With these random marks on the drumhead, there are millions of musical variations, style, power, and physical variables that will effect the look and wear of the drum head. That wear is the transcription and is completely unique. Each time I begin a new piece I take cues from the unique marks and use it to guide me using ink, gouache, weaving plastic sheets etc., etc..

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Collage:Plastic on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12 W x 12 H x 0.7 D in

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Having grown up in Detroit, I feel an attachment to the automobile. Even though Detroit steel was in my backyard, I always preferred the cars of Europe because of their other worldliness and design sensibility. Postcards From the Autobahn is a series based on these cars.Its geometric abstraction done with an imperfect precision using ink and gouache on found images. My process is simple, I begin with German postcards that are newer reproductions of vintage advertising but are now in fact vintage themselves. I then draw lines using rapidograph pens, add gouache, diamond dust, colored pencil or shredded currency. I tend to either make the featured image from the original graphic pop or will completely obscure it with ink or paint. I try to get the feel of the movement or lines of the original image and either mimic it or contradict it.

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