My new recording is called “Long Lost Friend.” It's a collection of music from different artworks that were included in various exhibitions over the past few years. My work is centered around bringing a person who is a participant or a listener or a viewer into the mindset of connectivity. I make art that is physically interactive, psychologically Interactive.
The first song on the recording is called 3 Bridges. It is a musical reminiscence of Ljubljana (Slovenija, Slovenia). The Girl from Ipanema is a famous jazz tune from the 60’s. Undulations is a synesthesia piece: the animated visual elements blend with the music. Test subject was a theme that was incorporated into a sculpture. It’s borrowed from a theme I developed a long time ago, but I did an acoustic version of it for an exhibition at Fe Gallery. Fenestrated Sequence was a piece that dealt with surveillance (panopticon). It's an interactive piece where you can observe yourself watching yourself while the sculpture watches you watching yourself. It’s a psychological loop.
Thematically, the “Long Lost Friend” refers to a book of spells, which was the centerpiece of a famous murder trial that took place in my hometown (York, PA) in the early 30’s. This book of spells emerged from a culture of superstition and faith healing. I see this as an “opiate of the masses” much like an addiction to anything that enables one to avoid dealing with reality face to face. This could come in the form of religious dogma, drug addiction, politics or celebrity worship and the list could go on.
My objective as an artist is to help connect someone to the present and expand one’s capacity to care about the universe we inhabit. It’s this connection to the present moment that causes someone to become more mindful and aware. That’s what I feel the artistic experience is all about.