John McCabe – Laguna Niguel, CA
I am an artist and musician based in Southern, California. The art that I make is directly tied to what music I am recording at the time. Over the last several years I have written, recorded and released 2 EP’s; in the early phases of the recording process for my first record, I realized that one of the magical things that I used to love about buying music was the art work. It was a way to jointly study the music and what paintings, drawings, photographs, lyrics and liner notes accompanied the physical songs.
In the digital domain, my EPs and albums get released and ‘pushed out’ to a cold, vast sea of platforms, playlists, blogs, etc., typically, with one tiny picture (cover art) associated with the artist’s eight or 10 songs. So, I tried to recreate the past experience and release my music with 1 painting per song; that way, the listener could explore the cover art work – as well as the individual song pieces.
In between music recording projects, I continue to make art. They are usually made when I am going through the song writing process and home studio demo recording for new material for the next album. The four that I have selected for this submission fall into that wedge. In between. All are acrylic and ink pen on canvas or canvas board.