Ice Covered Tree

Ice Covered Tree

An ice covered tree in winter seems ablaze in radiant light. Artist Jerry Langell does an amazing job with the color blue in his digital treatment of an Oroville, California tree in winter. That we do not see the base of the tree, but rather that it emerges from blackness, sets a mysterious tone to the piece. Without doubt there is some ambiguity here, some mystery about the origin of this blazing white labyrinth. We are full of wonder at the energy drawn from this natural source (the ice) through artistic license. There are several ways to go with abstracting an ice covered tree. The artist can zoom into the ice itself and emphasize the variations of texture and reflection. But in this case the artist studies external projections of energy by the ice. His representation of that energy with a shimmering shade of blue that sets off beautifully from the deeper blue of the sky is very satisfying. But perhaps the artist suggests something entirely unnatural. Some invisible power has bathed the tree in a blinding electrical charge. Perhaps this perception ties more directly with the mysterious tone set by pitch black origins at the bottom of the canvas. We could easily suspect some haunting afoot. Ghosts and spirits have taken possession. We do not get a sense of evil, however, but rather of a benificent supernatural energy that is attracted and attaches to objects in nature. Composer Stohgs succeeds in conveying the electrical energy of the painting, particularly with the introduction of a static tinged, quacking synth. But really the entire groove suggests the vibration of energized...
Oroville Winter Storm

Oroville Winter Storm

The winter storm takes many forms. Blinding blizzard of snow. Freezing water born on howling wind. Barren branches, helpless victims, sway precariously, threaten to break, and oftimes do. Wind and freezing rain is the likely scenario for the Oroville, California winter storm which inspires this treated photograph by artist Jerry Langell. But Langell’s storm is about more than a winter confluence of natural elements. It is about a sense of ghostly possession, of death’s seasonal reign, a palpable charge of negative, repellant energy. It is a hostile spirit taking over trees, all of nature, so vulnerable without foliage or the nurture of sunshine. Composer Laszlo Benko highlites in his audio track a unique energy which we can associate with the storm. It is perhaps more positive than we might expect in mood. The wasp buzz effect speaks of a energetic charge that seems to saturate the mist. His pentatonic phrases might suggest a more remote location for our enchanted tree, or perhaps we are invited to ponder this wonder of nature from an Eastern, more contemplative perspective. The current project is an entry in the 2016 Midisparks Winter Composers Contest. The theme of the contest is abstraction in nature, and particularly in Winter. We invite you to cast your vote for Oroville Winter Storm. Prints of the artwork are available in the Yessy Gallery and we invite you also to visit at the Yessy site by clicking on the ‘Shop’...
Upwelling of Melted Ice

Upwelling of Melted Ice

How do you spell amoeba? It seems the right first question here. For the upwelling of melted ice has the amorphous characteristic of the single-celled blobs typcially found beneath the ocean. And truly, without the title’s clue, we might not be making any associations with ice at all. The extreme closup conceals the subject of a gaping, jagged hole formed by melting ice in an otherwise frozen surface. Closeups in nature often succeed in abstracting the subjects and such is the case here. Beyond Burt’s artistic meanderings on conventional and not-so-conventional guitars (including cigar-box guitars), his creativity frequently extends into the realm of natural sound effects. His introduction here of wintry wind and bubbling waters is not in your face, but subtle, well integrated into the mix and the feeling of his laid back and reflective track. Nevertheless, it solidifies the connection of the audio with the visual image, rooted in assumptions of cold climate along with some progression between solid and liquid states – melted...