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Digital artwork by Brian Evans is on display on a flat-screen TV at Carnegie VisualArts Center. Digital prints are also on the walls.
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Digital artwork by Brian Evans is on display on a flat-screen TV at Carnegie VisualArts Center. Digital prints are also on the walls.

'Listen with your eyes' at Carnegie as artist combines technology, music to create work

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

See the music.

See the music swirl around and create delicate designs and splashes of color.

See the music turn into theme pieces with crosses, snowflakes or masks.

"See the Music," featuring work by digital artist and composer Brian Evans, is the latest exhibit at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur.

"It's jazz in color, shape, sound and computation," he said about his work. "Relax. Hear the colors. Listen with your eyes."

Evans will be honored during an artist's reception Friday during the monthly Carnegie "Friday at 5" event.

Evans teaches courses in digital media and design in the art department at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also is a Kentuck studio artist in Northport.

For more than 20 years he has experimented with the integration of image and sound, and the combination of his techniques provides a look into the art world of tomorrow.

"This is a very unusual exhibit. We've never had anything like this at the Carnegie before," said Kathy Silvestri, education director.

To show the relationship between music and images, they set up one 52-inch television screen and two smaller ones.

Evans calls his work "maps of time" or "slices of time." He takes sound, like music, and converts it to a numeric computer code, which then creates the graphics, Silvestri said.

"It's really cool, and this exhibit will appeal to children and teens because they are video-oriented," she said. "Even if they don't understand the complexity, they will appreciate the visual effects."

"Limosa" in fuchsia is projected in slow motion on the Chatri ceiling at the Carnegie. Other pieces also got interesting titles, such as "Dripsody," "Rainbow Chaser," "Basket Case," "Ode to Joy," "Green Pods" and "Blue Virtu."

Evans digitally programmed hymns such as "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" to show an image of a cross and then framed it with the musical notes.

He did the same with snowflakes and music such as "Waltz of the Snowflakes" from 'The Nutcracker."

Evans' animation and sound scores have been performed and fine art prints exhibited internationally in art galleries, concert halls and film festivals, Silvestri said.

Recent screenings include the Not Still Art Festival in New York City, the Visual Music Marathon in Boston and the Red Stick Animation Festival in Baton Rouge, La. Evans earned a doctoral degree in music composition from the University of Illinois and master of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts.

Reginald Jackson will entertain on the piano during the Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m., with appetizers and beverages. The event is free to Carnegie members; others may attend with a donation.

If you go

What: “See the Music” exhibit by Brian Evans

Where: Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E., Decatur

When: Through Oct. 27; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Information: 341-0562

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