This video sums up this work pretty good. Although, I find my video performance lacking in production quality, they certainly reflect the person I currently am. They give me the incentive, and plenty of room to work with, to up my public image.
In image four you are seeing the colors from the video that will dominate the music. I could not resist taking the colors from the girls bumblebee outfit, that starts the video, for the background. Now, I cannot help but transition, as the video does, to the brighter greens, yellows, and blues, for the music. If it was not for the music video I do not think I would have ever used these color contrasts between the browns, and bright blues and greens. Now, it is important to assure this artwork ‘s success, that I find ways to transition the background colors into the music colors. This approach would be similar to what happens in the video.
The video starts with the bumblebee girl in a world that is neither kind nor understands her. Eventually she finds her way out of that disappointing, and drab world into a new reality filled with color, music and dancing. This low quality video can have a deeper meaning than that of a 90’s musical group, portraying their version of a 60’s Peace, Love, and Rock en Roll band out in the country for the day. Maybe, this video speaks to the magic of music to rescue people’s lives. Here is that video again:
If this video is about transition, then in its simple, predictable way, I would say, it speaks to my belief in the power of music to change people’s lives, for a few moments, or even a life time.
Scott Von Holzen
This is a tribute painting to Blind Melon’s 1992 No Rain. This update is showing you the music flow. The two shades of blue for the music come from the shirt and jeans worn by Shannon Hoon, the voice of No Rain. In my own little comparison of Bind Melon to Canned Heat, Shannon Hoon, died of a drug overdose at 28, in 1995, while Alan Wilson from Canned Heat, the singer of Going up to the Country that became know as the unofficial theme song from the original Woodstock festival, died also of a drug overdose at 27, in 1970.
You can see in this side image how the music flows up from the canvas, and then back down on the bottom panel. I like that idea, because for me unlike what you see in the any sheet music, the music when played becomes a unique experience to the listener. No two live performances are the same, as well as no two artists singing the same music will sound the same. That is the key to understanding this art. I am presenting, like I do with any of the music I chose, a single performance as an artwork.
Scott Von Holzen
This background, that is a part of the trend lately, is rough in appearance. You are not seeing a lot of clean solid coloring. You are seeing more transparency in the layering of colors, which creates uneven looks, and variety in shading. You are looking at an edgy, feisty, muddled, slipshod background, but one that is organized in its mood, and presentation. This I will counter when I portray the music in solid colors, and softer shading, like what you see in the video.
The music is next, so it will be off to the work shop to cut out the thirteen pieces needed to represent this music
Scott Von Holzen
This is the artwork, No Rain, a tribute to the music of Blind Melon. This artwork consists of three panels of stretched canvas. The largest panel is 20 x 24 inches, and the two smaller upper canvases are each 12 x 16 inches. What I have done special here is that the flow of the music will be from the back canvas to the most forward canvas. It is hard to see in the image, but the upper left panel is two steps back, while the upper right is one step back, from the larger lower panel.
In this first image of the background you are seeing what an artwork looks like when you want to cover up the white of the canvas. Much of what you see will soon disappear under layers of brown, yellow, and yellow gold paint based on the Blind Melon album cover:The album offers limited interest which works for the background, only. It is the Blind Melon’s video of No Rain, with its use of lighter, brighter greens and blues, which I will used for the music.
I chose this music specifically because of the words I picked to be displayed on this artwork. Those three words are ‘escape,’ ‘escape,’ and the third word is also ‘escape.’ Part of the reasoning is my mood, but mostly I chose ‘escape’ for that word repeated offers up a world of interpretation for the viewer.
Also, I chose this music because this group reminds me of a favorite group of mind from the sixties, Canned Heat. Although I never purchased their albums, their music on the Woodstock album made a lasting impression. The reason I never purchased their music back then is because I was on fairly sparse budget as a college student in Madison. Each album buying decision was always a debate. I do remember having the money for some of the biggest artists, such as Ray Charles, or the Beatles and their White Album. I believe I paid around twelve dollars for that Beatles double album. I then taped it on my big reel to reel recorder and sold it.
Scott Von Holzen