I am excited to share that my second collection of vinyl record mandalas is on display at The Cabot!
Here’s my artist’s statement for the show:
Old scratched up records end their musical journey as they become dormant and unplayable. My vinyl record mandalas pick up where the stunted life of a discarded record leaves off, imbuing them with new energy and purpose.
These acrylic paintings on vinyl are mandalas – a Sanskrit word that means ‘sacred art within a circle.’ Each vinyl record mandala is a visual meditation reflective of the time of its creation.
Music is a living transitional art form, always moving from one note to the next. In the studio, my painting parallels the ephemeral quality of music as I flow from one creation to the next. The circular form of the vinyl records and the unique grooved surface are the only constraints in this collection. Within these parameters I let myself have free improvisational reign in technique, color, style, and theme.
My last blog post was actually about a setback I had with this collection and showing it. I had a show booked at a different gallery and the gallery suddenly closed about a month before my scheduled solo show. It was a major disappointment, but after a day of feeling badly I brushed myself off and began to reach out for help in finding a new venue to show this work. With the amazing creative brainstorming and help from the folks at Beverly Arts District (BAD) we came up with the idea to reach out to The Cabot as a possible location to show my work. The Cabot is a unique venue and historical treasure. It was opened in 1920 and held vaudeville performances and silent movies. For 37 years it was the home of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company. In present day The Cabot serves as a movie theater, concert venue, and a cultural hub for the community. I’m so happy to be able to share my work here at The Cabot. It’s a perfect space for the merging of music and art – two of my greatest passions.
268 Cabot Street
There will be wine, beer, food, a turntable, and nearly 100 new vinyl record mandalas!
If you’d like a sneak peak at the collection, almost all of them are up on my site here.
The Facebook event page is here.
Below are a few from vinyl record mandalas from this collection. Enjoy and stay tuned for more news!