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In November, the prestigious
art gallery AS220 featured the collaborative photography
of Big Noise's Al Gomes and Mardo Atoyan,
and new illustrations, life drawings, and graphic works
by Big Noise's A. Michelle.
The show's opening was held on at 115 Empire Street in Downtown Providence, RI. This is the trio's sixth retrospective show together (which has also included exhibitions at CCRI, Bank RI, and LaSalle Academy).
Al Gomes and Mardo
Atoyan's series of black & white photographs of the
urban landscape is characterized by dramatic lighting and
textural contrasts that evoke the works of reknowned photographer
Aaron Siskind. Their photos have appeared in numerous exhibits, publications including Quix Art Quarterly, as
well as on Grammy-recognized CD cover designs by Morgan
Bracy, 1Enemey3, Local Menace, and Best Friend Solitude.
The total number of photographs in their series exceeds 200 prints. Atoyan and Gomes displayed 22 new prints at the AS220.
Atoyan and Gomes originally shot the photographs
as part of a series of numerous collaborative projects and
creative endeavors. Their other projects include photo essays,
musical plays, live musical events, and film and animation
One photo essay, 'Rick H: A Day In A Life,' which focused on a homeless individual, went on to inspire The RI Bandwagon Project. Bandwagon produced a benefit recording and concert which raised thousands for the homeless in New England. It went on to win The Jefferson Award from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Foundation.
A. Michelle showcased
a series of life drawings composed during the course of one year - testifying
how making live art is like making live music. Her oil pastels document an experiment in technique, progressing from figurative representation to subjective reinvention via an improv approach using turpentine wash and oil stick. Ultimately, the emotive quality of the piece - evoked by surrealistic color, texture, and vibrant line - supercedes literal depiction of form.
In addition, A. Michelle also
showcased a new series of digital illustrations, and artwork from her recent book, 'The Good Samaritan' (Pockets
of Learning Press 1998). A. Michelle's work has appeared
in Quix Art Quarterly, The Newport Review, and various art
and literary publications.
A. Michelle also displayed collaborative
work with her partner Al Gomes entitled 'Good News Will Come to You,'
a series of digital collages featured on their 5-CD compilation 'Digital Side of
the Moon' (displayed as a modern art installation for this
show), as well as CD cover art for the box set.
Al Gomes and A. Michelle
are the founders of Big Noise, an international music
production and artist development firm. Big Noise has overseen
the release of 250+ recordings of diverse musical genres.
They have managed each and every project from concept to
completion including assistance with establishing the budget
for each project, choice of the artist's material, hands-on
A&R direction in the studio, art direction and design of
recording package, manufacturing of finished CD, and the
publicity, marketing and distribution of the release.
Al and A. Michelle were part
of the team that helped launch Christina
Aguilera's career. In addition to working as part
of her promotion and marketing team, Big Noise's work for
Aguilera has earned the firm gold and platinum awards from
the Recording Industry Association of America. Entertainment
Weekly magazine named Christina's website one of the
Websites of the 21st Century.' They have also worked
with Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Anthony and the Imperials, Andrew
Thiessen, Stephen Collins,
Paul Doucette (Matchbox
Gilman, and many other great artists. Big Noise's
work has earned the firm gold and platinum awards from the
Recording Industry Association of America, in addition to
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has been photographing since 1985. His subjects include
urban landscapes, city architecture, still life, nature,
and, more recently, children. Atoyan is also a founding
member of The Fifth Estate, Inc., a publishing company with
works that include 'The Effects of Gamma Rays On Sears Catalog
Underwear Men' - a collection of witty and humorous illustrations.
When Atoyan is not 'shooting' or volunteering for WaterFire
events, he is kept busy with his own company as a founding
partner of HealthCare
Analytics, a Providence-based actuarial consulting firm.
HealthCare Analytics helps heathcare systems and insurance
companies make sense of the dramatic changes in the financing
and delivery of health care.
Film Series co-curated by Al Gomes
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