SCION PRESENTS: THE ART OF MUSIC – Curated by ill-Studio (France)
Los Angeles – In conjunction with French collective ill-Studio, Scion presents The Art of Music at its 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. This exhibition celebrates the intertwining of art and music, and their mutually nurturing relationship. Music and art have become directly linked by their similar creative approach, especially as they evolve and complement each other through records, posters and flyers. Art can give music a visual dimension in the same way music can illustrate art. Both are connected by a common global image and culture. The Art of Music brings together fifteen international artists to exhibit their visual interpretation of music.
Every music style has its own visual identity that manifests in accompanying artwork and can elevate a great record or band to iconic status. From psychedelic rock to rave and death metal, punk or hip hop, music has brought many talented artists to the limelight. In the same manner, many artists, such as Peter Saville, Pushead and Raymond Pettibon, provided music artists and record labels another dimension, bringing them to their now legendary status. Nowadays, record covers, concert posters and party flyers are viewed as a modern canvas by artists, enabling them to express their work in a medium that travels from hand to hand and outside of the traditional art world. This group show celebrates this “art of music,” taking it temporarily from the people’s hands and exhibiting it in a gallery space.
The artists involved are: Australia’s Josh Petherick who has worked with Vans California, Tokion Products, Arkitip and more; LA’s Steven Harrington who enjoys The Moody Blues and has collaborated with Kid Robot and Element skateboards; Swiss studio //DIY who have worked with Apple, Etnies, Nike and other major international brands and also have their own streetwear label +41; Australian studio Alter, a duo of which one member is part of electro band Cut Copy and also crafts the visual identity of the label Modular (which includes The Presets and The Avalanches); another Australian duo P.A.M. loves to push the boundaries of art/culture/fashion; New Yorker Ryan Waller, labeled one of 34 “Young Guns” under the age of 30 by The Art Directors Club and one of “20 under 30” by Print (magazine); Parisian So Me, the art director of Ed Banger records who boast Justice, Uffie, DJ Mehdi, Mr Oizo and more; Sanghon Kim whose extreme versatility has been commissioned by the likes of Lacoste, Hermes, Tate Modern, Air and more; the UK’s extreme-art collective La Boca who once balanced on a scaffolding platform in the middle of the countryside in order to photograph 3,000 spoons; German duo Smal & Paze; Artus de Leavilleon who draws heavily on 80s skateboard and punk-rock culture; Swedish
Museum Studio; the Brixton-residing, death metal-listening French; and lastly Stefan Marx who keeps busy on the European scene and runs his own clothing brand.
ill-Studio’s Thomas Subreville invited these fifteen influential artists to come together and address the notion that artists’ musical tastes are strongly related to their work. Each artist has created the poster for the concert of their dreams, with the line-up of their choice in any real or imaginary venue. In addition to these ultimate concert posters, every artist will exhibit a wide collection of music-related pieces in the vast open gallery space, including original drawings, paintings, record sleeves, posters, objects and installations.
The opening reception takes place September 6, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The show will run until September 27. Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery is a space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. The Scion Installation Gallery hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge artists from across the globe. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and by appointment – 310.815.8840. For more information, visit www.scion.com/space.
iLL-Studio is a Paris based creative collective working in various artistic areas such as graphic design, photography, typography, illustration, video, motion design, etc. The studio’s originality is to offer its members a working environment in which they can do their own thing or work together; it’s a melting pot in which influences coalesce to form a group identity. The range of their inspirations goes from Science to 70’s radical architecture, high fashion, outer space music etc They’ve collaborated with Nike, The New York Times, Uniqlo, Supreme, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Trudon to name a few whilst accomplishing many personal projects in different creative domains. www.ill-studio.com
Scion is the newest line of vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Developed
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more information, visit www.scion.com.