Join us and the University of Sioux Falls as we celebrate a gallery reception for Taylor Miland’s work “My Favorite Things” Friday, February 2nd from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Artist Talk at 7:15 pm.
Art and music are deeply rooted into my artistic process. Not one comes before the other much like one might think which came first, the chicken or the egg; the same can be said for music and art. Art and music can be understood by the same key concepts and have interchangeable vocabulary. There is a mixture of motifs that weave into my foundation for music and art. My art reflects what I’m responding to when hearing the jazz music; it is an ongoing improvisation like a soloist running up and down the scale to form a statement in jazz.
My show is an artistic improvisation and direct response to my favorite jazz tunes I have grown up playing and listened to. In my prints you will see the reoccurring theme of 5 staff lines that are symbolic of my roots to music as it ties directly into my art. Some of these lines won’t be the same in every piece but are still present and symbolic. They also mimic the rhythmic meters and or notation lengths in the music itself. Some have thick or thin lines representing the tempo or feel of the music. Color also plays a role as a symbolic and expressive response to the mood, style and feel of the music as color reflects a particular style of music. For example, Blue in Green by Miles Davis is given cool colors as it relates to the style of blues and the thin and few, yet very important notes heard in cool jazz. Like in music, art holds hidden meanings through the use of colors, textures, and symbols to underline the meaning of the piece.
I encourage you to take advantage of using technology and using my interactive use of QR Codes to listen to the music while looking at my art. Not only is it fun to listen to music while looking at art, but it is also a way to open the viewers eyes and ears to something new and be immersed into the world of jazz. Please enjoy “My Favorite Things”.