Musart - Joseph Martin

This gallery is inspired from music and is focused on the abstract form of many instruments. We will see how every shape and form gives each instrument its own identity. You will also see the abstract designs of each instrument and see where a lot of todays instruments were originated from. There is art everywhere we look and this gallery will  display some of these weird looking instruments to show their abstract origins. 

In this piece we see how although a simple form, the curves and shape of the horn depict a serpent. Starting from the mouthpiece all the way down to the bell, you see the openings of where your fingers go to play the instrument. Just as stated earlier, the shape of the instrument is very basic, but this is where the inspiration began for many musicians to change the shapes and forms or existing instruments. The abstract form of this piece is just the beginning of this journey and will show you how even in molding an instrument, the concept of abstract art is present.
On this next piece we see the Cornet by Charles-Joseph Sax. This cornet features a gold color tone to the instrument and we can also see how the heart of the instrument is very different. When you look at this piece you are instantly attracted to the center of it. We see how the shape of the cornet changes and how even the color has a darker tone. Every twist in and out shows you the complexity of the instrument and is a fit for this gallery. Compared to the first piece, this one has a regular bell at the bottom and then moves into the creative form of twisted metal.
On this piece we see a six valve trombone by Adolphe Sax. The horn has a L shape and has the valves running towards the bell of the trombone. We can definitely see the shape of this instrument is really abstract. All the valves are towards the bell making a weave of metal pipes. The first set of valves make the instruments shape change a bit but on the second set of valves the instruments takes the abstract form of an L. Right at the valves you see the form of the instrument begin to almost shoot down and give the trombone its abstract shape. Each twist and turn adds to the instruments complexity and we can see how this instrument turns into an art piece.
In this piece we see a Alto Saxhorn by Adolphe sax. We see here how the saxhorn has not only a weird shape horn but also a body that twist and turns to give it its shape. The bell at the top has a very off shape giving the horn a different form from the previous instruments. The center of the instrument is where the real abstract form begins and takes over. Each curved horn section gives the instrument a feel of movement and brings it almost to life. We see how each twist and turn gives the horn dimension and really helps us see how abstract the instrument really is.
In this piece we see another example of abstract form in musical instruments. In this trumpet by Adolphe Sax we see how it has 6 independent valves. If you look closely you can see how each valve creates almost its own path and shoots straight down. Although the shape of the trumpet is static, we still see how each valve comes to life as it makes its way through the trumpet. As each valve twist and turns is seems to create long ovals giving even more volume and shape to the piece.
On this piece of the West African Thumb Piano, we see a good amount of different shapes within the instrument. This instrument consists of little levers at the top on a rectangle shaped box. At the bottom of the instrument we do see a clear example of geometric shapes. 4 center triangles are at the heart of the instrument and then space out in to other triangles and lines. Although the colors are very earth tone, they seem to complement each other and make the piece attractive to anyone who sees it.
As we continue on we find another piece that shows good examples of abstract art in musical instruments. This instrument is very similar to a guitar and we can also see that it is a stringed instrument. The beautiful colors seem to bring the instrument alive. The gold really gives it a three dimensional feel and gives the instrument its shape. As we look closer we see how the center circles of the instrument really contribute to the abstract idea we have been looking at. The instrument is very intricate and beautiful, but we see how the geometrical shapes in the center seem to give it more depth. From the arched handle at the top tot he center circles giving this instrument its shape, we see how the simplest form of difference can make this Zither very abstract.
In this piece we see a minimal abstract form to this instrument but it still shows you the creativity process of musicians and artist. We see here a Esraj shaped as a peacock with long feathers at the end and the actual instrument on top. The tail goes as long as the neck of the instrument and if you look closely you can see the details of the piece. You can see the semi-circle shapes painted up the body of the instrument that gives it an abstract look and feel. The colors seem to complement each other and are not too flashy. Although this piece does not have twist and curves, you can see how the actual art form ON the piece makes this choice a perfect fit in our Musart journey.
This next piece is a double chromatic harp. This harp is X shaped at the center and is supported by a thick back piece. Both the body of the harp and the X form at the center give this harp a unique look and feel. The abstract form comes to life and gives the harp a s dimensional look. The color also seems to work well with the instrument giving it more depth and a unique look. The X at the center really seems to bring everything together and makes the harp look even bigger. Although this piece is still, we still can see how its design brings it to life and really shows up the different looks and feels of abstract pieces. From the strings to the shape of the harp, we can see how different art can be not only in paintings but also in musical instruments.
For our last piece, we have here a Viola. Looking very different from its modern day version, we see how this red bulky viola stands out. The first thing that captures you is the color red with gold accents. These two colors complement each other very well and make this viola very royal. The next thing we see are the two bulges on the top left corner and bottom right corner of the instrument. These two shapes give this viola a very different feel to it. The two circles that pop out of the corners really give it a subtle abstract effect and make this piece fit right in. The only thing that seems to be regular are the strings coming straight down to the bottom of the instrument, but other than that this piece stands out. We see how even in todays instruments, artist and musicians are still using the concept of abstract and other elements to make their works different.
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