Rhythm and Movement:  Outside The Staff By Jeremy Williams

Included in this gallery is a compilation of paintings as well as black and white photos that visually encompasses both rhythm and movement.  We will dive into how the artist has used their medium to convey the emotions of the performer successfully, giving the viewer a sense of rhythm and movement.

Here we have a stunning photo of a violin player deep in concentration. The use of black and white and low light helps to display the passion of the player. The point of view used for the photograph encapsulates the rhythm so intensely performed by the musician.
Through the use of pattern, color and line, the artist has portrayed the feeling of rhythm and movement. The use of geometric and organic shapes creates a pattern to help reinforce this movement while the stars emanating from a single location give the work a sense of depth and reality.
In this photograph we see a composer, quite literally the rhythm and meter of the musical ensemble. Captured in the moment, the composer sets the tone for the photograph, conveying his emotion in a single image.
The title of this artwork is what really sets the tone for this painting. While nothing musically is involved at all, the use of line paints a visual representation of sound. The swirling lines help bring to life the movement of the symphony. Suttle shading in the background and dark prominent brushstrokes in the foreground bring the symphony to life.
The jam session pictured in this photograph encompasses the true essence of movement. Visually, the eye is drawn all over the photograph, making the viewer feel as if they are involved. The sheer number of people involved in the session requires a tremendous amount of rhythm on the performers part.
Here, we have a painting of a violinist performing in the street. The use of positive and negative space help to create the image of the player while the use of textured brush strokes creates the sense of movement. Contrasting colors used in the painting add a positive, upbeat tempo to the piece.
Here we have a painting of Benny Goodman, also known as "The King of Swing". The artists use of broad textured brushstrokes makes it seem as if the performer is playing right in front of you. Blending Benny into the background also provides a sense of depth for the painting.
Jazz music has always been a staple of rhythm and movement. The geometric shapes of the keyboard provide a sense of rhythm while the use of swirling lines conveys the sense of movement. We can see the buildings and city skyline in the background that tie the whole piece together perspectively.
Immediately the eye is drawn to lines above the musician, used to display the mighty sound that is the bugle. While the musician and horse appear to be stationary, the use of more line and contrasting color in the clouds and emanating rays add a sense of movement to the piece.
Again, we have a piece that displays nothing musically but still provides a sense of rhythm for the viewer. Through the use of line, the artist creates a rhythmic pattern throughout. The use of shading and contrast give the image a sense of depth while also providing movement for the eye.
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