Through the research of Jazz/Improvisational music I plan to investigate its' influence on my visual artwork. I also intend to demonstrate the interaction and relationship between the creation and performance of a piece of art. There seems to be a correlation between the elements of art and music which I am intrigued by. How are the elements of music translated into visual space? In the elements and principles of art there is a visual response waiting to be invoked. For the purposes of this writing, music is the muse. What takes place during the translation of listening, thought response, spirit response, and physical action, and material choice when creating a work of art when listening to music? I believe there is a connection of spirit and understanding between these two worlds which collide in the form of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Art and music have long since influenced one another, yet the intrigue remains. Thus, the thesis is merely a suggestion, as well as a meditative reflection on how improvisational music can influence a visual space. My art will consist of a range of visual representations including, but not limited to: found object art, charcoal sketches, and oil paintings. I intend to investigate what media works best, if any. In the end, I would assume it to be temperamental. My art is a result of many factors; it's an intersection of personal experience with time, space, architecture, environment, and for the case of this thesis, music. I am fascinated by the improvisational musician's ability to veer off the foundation, to aspire to the unknown. The decision of the musician or artist is not merely an uneducated guess, it's a guided intuition. Furthermore, the resulting artworks are attempts to create an immediate, spontaneous, and visually agile experience built upon the foundations of our craft.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Music in art; Art and music; Drawing--Themes, motives; Drawing--Technique; Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Found objects (Art)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Cleveland, Chad L., "The Music of art" (2009). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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