THE STORY OF RHYTHMIC EXPRESSIONISM
A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT between some of the greatest drummers in rock history and a visual art team in Los
Angeles has captured rhythm on canvas.
For decades, the movement and approach of fine artists has been studied and compared to rhythm. Most notably Jackson Pollock’s abstract work in the 1950s showcased “rhythmic nature” in relation to his splattering of paint on canvas and the patterns produced.
In 2009, SceneFour set in motion a plan to begin working in the “mindset” of rhythm. The project would begin with picking the greatest drummers to establish and pioneer a new medium called “Rhythmic Expressionism.” Rhythmic Expressionism uses performance to create the artwork. Using drumsticks that lit with various colors, patterns, speeds and temperatures, the drummers would perform these rhythms that would translate to abstract artwork eventually to be laid to canvas. These works would showcase the individual drummers’ speed, technique, style, and creativity.
"This is a really exciting new medium," says Chad Smith, drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Art of Drums is the latest offering from Los Angeles art collective SceneFour, which is working with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers'
Chad Smith, Guns 'N Roses' Steven Adler, Def Leppard's Rick Allen and Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction to make art from the drummers' hard hitting power and skillful jazz techniques.
SceneFour is a visual art team based in downtown Los Angeles. Led by Artist
Ravi Dosaj and Conceptual Artist Cory Danziger, SceneFour specializes in the construction of Collaborative Art projects. Through their signature Collaborative Art approach, SceneFour works with notable visionaries outside of the fine art world to collectively create original art projects. At the conclusion of the creation process with the featured collaborative guest, an original art collection is born and released worldwide.
SceneFour uses long-exposure photography and lighted drumsticks to create the work. A camera captures 30 seconds of the drummer's performance in one frame. Following artistic input from the drummer and some post-production back in the SceneFour studios, the drum movements are enhanced. Each image is heightened by increasing or reducing light, exposing hidden elements within the color channels and controlling the color spectrum to bring out the abstract nature of the work.
SceneFour's musical art collaborations have been growing at a record pace with collections such as "Rick Allen's Angels and Icons" featured at Wentworth Gallery, a leading fine art retailer.
Carl Palmer and SceneFour just released a Second Edition, comprehensive coffee table book "Art In Rhythm" after the First Edition quickly sold out. "Art In Rhythm" includes picture disc vinyl. The vinyl is Carl Palmer discussing his body of work, track-by-track, with music creatively woven in between their narration, thus engaging the reader and amplifying the audio experience. Inspired by the read-along children's books from Disney Records in the 1970's, the narration featured on these recordings will guide readers through the book, page-by-page.
THE FABRIC OF RHYTHM:
THE ARTWORK OF STEVE SMITH
This hardbound book focuses on Steve's groundbreaking artwork built from rhythm. Inside the book, readers get extensive notes from Smith on the creation and meaning of the individual works of art. Also featured is an up-to-date overview of Smith's rhythmic career with never before seen photos from Steve's personal archive.
To bring sound to the visuals inside the book, a 180 gram full length record is included. This new Steve Smith release is intended to accompany readers on the journey of reviewing the artwork in the book. Each art piece has its own piece of music. And Steve has included detailed insights into the construction and performance of each solo inside the book.
Each book in this edition of 250 is signed and numbered by Steve Smith and all book/vinyl sets ship with Certificate of Authenticity from SceneFour.