During the month of December, my art will be showcased inside The Highland Cafe in Los Angeles. The opening will be TONIGHT, December 9th, as part of the NELA Art Gallery Night (second Saturday of each month) and I’ll be performing live. Come on out! FB Invite
The real problem ultimately is the ego and how it keeps you under its wraps. It’s like you’re sleepwalking around until you come to realize it’s power and destructive nature. That’s where I’m at today, December 2nd, 2017 as I type on my wireless small keyboard and try to fit in some writing time on a Saturday afternoon. I think i’ve made a breakthrough in recognizing how much of a hold my ego and ego in general has on all of us and ultimately how we have to practice, and train ourselves, literally exercise our souls and get quiet to combat what karma is coming our way from years of being asleep. This story needs a set up, needs a bit of background and depth to better explain why and how we attract things in our lives. Our souls and ego’s are magnets. What you put out you ultimately get back, as they say.
released December 1, 2017
Produced by: Brad Byrd, Ali Nikou, John Kimbrough, Matt Pendergast
Recorded by: Ali Nikou, John Kimbrough
Mixed by: John Kimbrough
Mastered by: Hans DeKline
Vocals: Brad Byrd
Percussion/drums/programming: Brad Byrd, John Kimbrough
Guitars: Brad Byrd, Ali Nikou
Bass: John Kimbrough
Synth: John Kimbrough, Matt Pendergast
Piano: John Kimbrough
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to let you know that I’m offering a 25% Cyber Monday discount on all of my merch. Just use the code CYMN25 at the checkout in my Store. I’ll also be throwing in a new Weird Enough sticker with each Cyber Monday order.
This piece is a return to form, back to my earlier Rothko inspired roots/works, yet with my own twist. Although a huge Rothko fan, I now wish to push the horizontal duo/trio-tone color patterns and add a third vertical dynamic, as well as more fragmented color schemes around the edges, in an attempt to perhaps offer new depth and character to the composition. I’ve been on a deep dive into Jackson Pollock’s work this past year, which is reflected in my latest run of paintings, and I feel like I’m just now coming out of that phase. Interesting story – when I first painted “Mental Photograph” I had truly no knowledge of who Mark Rothko was until a couple painter/friend’s saw my post on social media and commented that the painting reminded them of early Rothko. I said, “who’s that…?” Thus began a wonderful and frightening discovery for me. On one hand I felt very excited to naturally gravitate towards a painting style of arguably one of the greatest painters ever to live, yet at the same time was worried that people would think I was blatantly copying him. Since then, I’ve researched him deeply, visited his works in every gallery I could, and ultimately fell in love. I guess I could say the same about Pollock. Both of them have a had a profound influence on me. I’m acutely aware of trying not to replicate or copy their respective style(s). Fortunately, with time and experimentation, I believe I’ve discovered that I actually prefer the direction I’m heading in. Again, re Rothko and this latest piece, of adding a vertical element along with light touches of fragmented colors that hopefully complement. I’m still so hypnotized by the raw power of two or 3 dominant horizontal colors that complement each other and radiate a powerful and beautiful emotional feeling. It’s hard to get away from that completely. At least not for the foreseeable future. – BB