With the epic GOD, I began my long-term literary project,
THE ICON: a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk that will bring together efforts across various artistic media--poetry, painting, music, etc. This project will definitely tax my limited abilities in these different fields. Partly in preparation, then, (and partly for their own sake,) I've started experimenting in these media. Some of the more noteworthy efforts are posted below.
Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs
2014 (acrylic on canvas, 65" x 40")
A commissioned piece--my first attempt at portraiture (and my third at painting). Invited to the royal wedding of Pirithous and Hippodamia, the centaurs get drunk and violent. In a fit of lust, they set about seizing the bride and the women, igniting a frenzied war. This classic mythological subject has been popular throughout the history of Western art (from the Parthenon friezes, to Ovid, to Michelangelo and beyond) as a reflection on the tensions between the rational and the instinctual, the civilized and the barbaric in human beings. Here the scene is depicted just at the moment hostilities erupt, when the lead centaur, Eurytion, lunges forth to abduct the bride.
The Harvest of Earth
2011 (acrylic on concrete, 144" x 120")
Inspired by a trip to Rome and Florence, I returned to my final year of university with a vision to paint this mural--which I did on my dorm room wall (contrary to University housing regulations...). It depicts a scene from Revelation 14, which reads,
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped."
By necessity, the piece was painted over by University officials.
Musically, my interests range from classical (Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven) to post-rock (Sigur Ros, múm) to bluegrass (Béla Fleck, Punch Brothers [I was once banjo-player for a contemporary folk band, Divine Lorraine]). The compositions below exhibit a desire to return a sort of Romantic-flavored affect to (post-) contemporary classical music.
Nocturne in A Flat Minor
through a glass darkly. -- But then
Envisioned as a symphonic work, I hope to orchestrate it eventually.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat -
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
My first attempt at symphonic composition. The result is rather crude to be sure, but a worthy exercise (I was teaching myself piano as I composed it). Though all three movements were written, only the first was orchestrated (all parts being played by me on a MIDI controller keyboard, sampled with Garritan Personal Orchestra).
This one is a fairly typical sonata form (exposition: 0:01 - 5:38, development 5:38 - 8:55, recapitulation 8:55 - end).