On Another Note…

Megan Eyssell
Zack Smithey

On Another Note…, a group exhibition juried by David Ellis, examines the relationships between visual art, music and sound.

Artists featured in On Another Note:

  • Robin Assner and Adam Watkins (St. Louis, MO)
  • Michael Behle (St. Louis, MO)
  • Joshua DeWall (Galena, IL)
  • Megan Eyssell (St. Louis, MO)
  • Andrew James (St. Louis, MO)
  • Laurie LeBreton (Chicago, IL)
  • Naomi Faith Smith (Ellensburg, WA)
  • Zack Smithey (St. Charles, MO)
  • Reveal Collaborative (Athens, OH)


Jurors' Statement

The desire to visually express music seems inevitable. I've always found myself drawn to musicians who draw, paint, sculpt, make videos, or take pictures, and visual artists who make beats, play instruments, rap or sing.

About 20 years ago, when I was in art school, I started going to jazz clubs late at night to draw. I was lifted by the challenge of capturing the fleeting movements of the changing soloists as I tapped out ink beats with my pen on a place mat or bar napkin in sync with the bass and drums. The resulting markings, equally figurative and abstract, served as visual recordings of the previous night's performance. The end results fell short for me in that they were always still, silent documents morphing the shapes of figure, trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass and drums. I longed to turn up the volume and move the art through time. I began to explore the possibilities of making my own music by interchanging drums and paintings, realizing that at the core, they both consist of a membrane stretched over a frame that resonates when struck. I began making paintings in drums that were pitched to different tones, hung on the wall and played with automated rum beaters attached to the frames. The paintings started making music themselves. Drawing from this experience, I made my selections for On Another Note.

The works in this exhibition speak to the ideas of music from a multitude of angles, across media: video, glass, paper, paint, mixed media, and sound.

All of the artists here use repetition of form and layering to acheive visual rhythm and resonance, some make work that is time-based and incorporates sound. It is my hope that viewers will allow themselves to listen with their eyes, see with their ears, and experience visions of time and space, on another note. 

— David Ellis, 2011

For more information on David Ellis, visit his website or joshualinergallery.com.

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, January 20, 2012 - Saturday, March 17, 2012
Free and Open to the Public
David Ellis
Submissions Due: 
November 18, 2011