Monday, March 22, 2010
For me, I think one of the most amazingly beautiful things to witness and experience is the capacity for art to inspire music and for music to inspire art. I have never really grasped this full concept from any one particular band or artist before until I stumbled across this band Lydia a few years back. So many of their songs and lyrics can help me escape to this darker and more melodic place where I don't have to be completely bopping along to the song. The lead singers voice is hypnotic to me in the sense that I want to be where he is and live what he is living. It is quite intense sometimes.
"Your mind's sick again. I'm tasting nothing but 4 words, "please don't leave me". And it's Dark in the winter so your ideas start to sleep. Well your head is spinning like that carousel, and I know you're a mess after 3 or 4. But if you make it different then we'll make our way to the surface, and your favorite place. Where we sit, and we breath, cause I, know all the words and I sing you everything. Well they're just thoughts so go ahead and speak..."
Before their latest album was released they had a contest for someone to design their most recent album cover. When looking into some of the artists who influenced them, I could tell that much of the artwork and pieces they were choosing fit very well into their music and lyrical choices.
One artist they named stuck out to me and spoke to me the most. Robert Parke Harrison is this brilliant photographer who can make a picture absolutely wretched but beautiful at the same time.All of his exhibitions have been awe inspiring to me, and coupled with Lydia's music, I cant help but be inspired in some of the most twisted but beautiful ways.
I want to take this opportunity to show 3 of his pictures from a few different exhibitions he has done. The photo above is from his exhibition "Architect's Brother." The very first photograph on the page is from his exhibition "Gray Dawn." And the picture below is from his exhibition "Counterpoint."I hope you all enjoy his work as much as I do. Also, please go check out the band Lydia. Their first album was an absolute masterpiece, followed by another breathtaking album 'Illuminate.' I can not praise either of these artists enough for inspiration and works of art!
Let me know what you think!