WTMD is excited to host “The Music, Seen,” a new art exhibit of musically inspired work by five Maryland artists: Landis Expandis, Cody Pryseski, Watson, Kristin Wiebe and Minas Konsolas, and curated by Peggy Hoffman.
The free opening reception is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 1 in the station’s performance studio, and features live instrumental jazz from Greta and Joe, as well as complimentary refreshments.
Landis Expandis is an award-winning musician, DJ, and artist. He left MICA after his junior year to pursue a career in music. His rock/soul band, All Mighty Senators made a national name for itself, so he spent several years touring with the group. Over 25 years later, the Senators still play from time to time, as does his new band, F City. Expandis has gone back to school to complete a degree in graphic design and illustration. He also teaches music to kids at School Of Rock. He believes that art, like music, consists of color, texture and composition.
Watson’s work is fueled by the excitement of the “big city” and the often overlooked beauty of the urban landscape. Infrastructure, as well as decay in urban environments intrigue him the most. Informational signs, advertising, graffiti, layered paint, and neglect weave a rich tapestry of imagery that is an endless supply of inspiration. Watson lives in Frederick County, where he works as an artist, arts advocate, and curator. His work has been featured in venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Minas Konsolas was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is known for embracing a variety of styles and techniques, which allows his work to continually evolve. He is currently exploring collage on cardboard. His constant focus is how light interacts with color and form. Konsolas is former owner of Minás Gallery. His work has appeared in magazines, on book covers and on television. His paintings are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.
Much of Kristin Wiebe’s current work is inspired by people and events encountered through her former work in international human rights. Working primarily in acrylic on canvas, she has always been encouraged by the bold and emotive colors and shapes of Matisse and Gaugin. Her paintings are held in private collections in Bangladesh, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, and the United States. Originally from Nebraska, she now lives in Baltimore City, finding it every bit as colorful and troubled as anywhere else in the world.
Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore-based artist who typically specializes in portrait and figurative oil paintings. However, this series of conceptual, abstract paintings is a continuation of work begun in the late 1990’s. These pieces are portraits that are intended to evoke emotion and mood through the visualization of sound. The work references specific songs that are connected to either a person, moment, or pet. Pryseski grew up in Baltimore and graduated from MICA in 1996 with a BFA in General Fine Arts. He maintains a studio in Fells Point.