Musical Emotion

"Music, the great communicator, use two sticks to make it in the nature" - lyrics from Can't Stop by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Music has been communicating and teleporting people's thoughts and motives since time could even be recorded. Music displays affection, empowers, unifies, describes, heals, reports, and celebrates. But although we say music is timeless, we wouldn't be able to see the physical and emotional joys of music as time passes without art displaying it. This curation uses art works from the 1500s to present day to reveal the emotional power of music through art. This curation was also made while listening to music. 

Musical Angel by Rosso Fiorentino represents arts impact on the display of affection through music. This painting, an oil on panel, displays a depressed Cupid resting is head down on his guitar. The artist uses a recognizable figure of love for people to associate its relationship in the piece with depressed love. The artist ties the vibrant colors together, red and yellow primarily, centrally in the piece. This painting once again gives the visual representation of affection through music and its impact. The video and music composition reveals the mood of the piece.
Use Your Illusion by Sang Ik Seo is a modern piece made in 2007. This oil on canvas painting centralizes the guitarist after horizontally placing the piece. You panel from left to right and see the acoustic guitar which is sometimes perceived as original over to the computer screen directly to left of the guitarist. The screen is detailedly made to represent what the guitarist is envisioning in his mind which is that he is a mega-rockstar on stage. This piece is a representation of how music can empower and spar an imagination to its artists and its listeners.
This oriental painting is a description of unity through music. Music historically is known for bringing groups of all types together, but Kim Jun-geun uses art to physically describe this unity. He assembles the unity in the piece by centrally locating the group in the piece in almost a full circle. He uses blue, red, and green to primarily reveal the characters in the group. The use in color also displays role in the group, in the unity. For example both men playing woodwinds are in grey. This piece once again, although we don't know the official date between 1850-1950, displays the lasting unity through music over time.
This album cover for Groovers Paradise, reveals multiple visual aspects of how music relates to emotion. This cover instead of through the listener goes into the mind of the artist delivering the music. The cover, using primary colors of primarily red and blue, gives centralized importance to the things in the artists life and also within the album. It shows figure or presumably the artist centralized in the album and the things around him reveal importance of location and comfort. The cover uses multiple representations to give the physical look of what the album is about and its location so people can connect to the artist's "paradise." But aside from the eye popping visual aspects, the bottom of the piece reveals the calmness the artist feels within that piece with the green grass and running stream.
Never Mind is a modern piece made in 2008. It is a visual representation of the "healing" power and also the "hurting" power of music. It shows the guitarist centralized in the piece, using the primary color of blue to tie him to his medical IV. This piece gives the visual resemblance that music can change and aid your life in the perspective that medicine and treatment can. This piece also gives the representation that music can also have you on "the life line." This piece is great at visually expressing the healing and hurting power of music.
Guitar and Newspaper is an cubist oil on canvas painting by Juan Gris in 1925. The guitar, during this time period was a symbol of the artist's soul and along with the violin was a symbol of art quite often. In this piece specifically, Gris is using the guitar as a symbol to tie music and the news. Music in many ways is a way for the music artist or the artist painting to express what is going on in the world around them. In this painting, they are placing the guitar on the paper to reveal the emotional connection between music and world issues.
Man playing instrument by Arno Nadel gives the sense that regardless how music may make you feel or transport you, it will never actually take you away from your problems. This drawing short before the end of his life, portrays that he although very wise in poetry and music, couldn't out rule his fate which was death at Auschwitz. And this drawing represents that no matter how the music feels to you, it isn't really changing your life and can't really remove your problems. The drawing is very darkly done, and the instrument of choice isn't revealed although many believe it is a piano. The piece leaves people questioning fate, music, and life. The faded music note in the upper right corner is actually the artist's initials as well.
Regimental Band by Japp is a painting from the end the end of World War 1. This painting expresses the use of music through celebration, where there is a major celebration there is usually music. This piece reveals the emotional celebration because the foundation of the piece falls on the result of Japp being released from the war to then become a race horse breeder. He uses his internal liberation and celebration in visual context and uses the power of music or instrumentation to amplify it's noise. He and the instrument rise above all things in the painting which I believe is significant. Vibrant colors are used in the piece to exert the mood as well. Emotional celebration and music go hand and hand.
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