I posted a final video on The Blue Danube on July 4th. The video explains how I connected the Artwork to the music, to the movie. I have been working on this project since May 23rd. Following the lead of The Theme from Schneider’s List, the overall color range for The Blue Danube resembles the look of the movie 2001 Space Odyssey. The main colors are neutral, a mix of black, gray, white. Beyond the color blue, I added small splashes of brighter accent colors, found in the movie, to add interest and contrast. My style now is to stay away from the rainbow look of using too much and too many bright colors creating art that is strongly punchy. When I see a lot of flashy colors in a lot of today’s contemporary art, I think baby toys. All that mix of bright colors diminishes the impact and can be a fallback tool to distract from the lack of originality.
For this work, I thought I would experiment with another wood frame. My thinking was that the white-painted wood frame would match the movie better than a bright metal frame. I did not see a lot of bright metal in the movie. Because of the length of eighty inches for the frame pieces, I found cutting the wood a challenge. They required a lot of sanding. One advantage of using wood frames is that the music, also made of wood, adheres strongly to the frame. This is not the case when I am using metal frames for I am gluing wood to metal. What I like about metal is its strength, straightness, and modern look.
I specifically created The Blue Danube project for entry in this year’s Major fall art show at the Eau Claire Confluence center. Since it is important to always submit the maximum number artworks, I also entered Giant Steps and The Turkish March (rejected for last year’s show). I received this news on August 7th.
Congratulations! You have been selected as an exhibiting artist for the Confluence of Art Annual at Pablo Center at the Confluence.
The Blue Danube
The exposure will be valuable. The Pablo show is the next addition to this artist’s best showings including Eau Claire’s ArtsWest, The Secura show at the Trout Museum in Appleton, and the current ROOTS exhibition at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau. Being at display at the Pablo may offer a greater benefit of turning this unknown, unknown artist, into the unknown local Artist. Looking forward to the reception.
I am close to finishing my current project, Walking in Memphis, that like The Blue Danube will be my primary entry for another exhibition later this fall at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau.
This is my 600 Blog Entry. Vincent Van Gogh sent Theo 663 letters.
Scott Von Holzen