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MUSIC FOR THE ART OF TOM KRUMPAK
Bamboo tall, blue sky, a painted abstract picture, inside wooden room
This haiku describes Tom’s studio where he paints. The collaboration between Tom and Audio Music Productions begins with a soundscape by Feri Gutierrez that depicts a day in Tom’s studio. We hear the passing of time, birds in the trees, Tom working, moving around, and going about his day. The idea is to bring the museum-goer into Tom’s studio by having them hear the soundscape as they enter the exhibit.
As the museum-goer approaches paintings within the exhibit, they hear pieces of music that were dedicated to each work.
Vitti Thitivongse wrote a piece dedicated to a work titled “Sparrow.” Vitti’s work brings the listener inside the painting. He puts us in a forest, among sparrows that are near and far. He captures the calm of the painting with a shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) melody.
Isaku Kageyama‘s piece, dedicated to “Whisper of the Pink Canoe” is a global conversation in many languages. The letters in English, Spanish, and Japanese were drawn upon to create a piece that switches seamlessly between the music genres of American Funk, Latin American Salsa, and Japanese folkloric Minyo.
Sergio Torres wrote two pieces that act as extensions of each painting – a very different approach from the previous pieces of music. His pieces beckon to the listener’s imagination, inviting them to see beyond the canvas.
Tom Krumpak creates brilliantly colored paintings which have been exhibited in the United States, Britain, Spain and Korea. He also teachs on both the east and west coasts, writes and curates exhibitions and presents multimedia lectures on historical and contemporary American and international art at universities, museums and galleries.
His early figurative paintings were based on black and white photographs taken on the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown. In the 1990s his semi-abstract works became site-specific, influenced by Topsham, a historical shipbuilding village in Devon, England, where he was an exchange professor at Exeter College of Art and Design, Plymouth University. Upon returning to Los Angeles, the artwork’s composition became related to the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Little Tokyo, East L.A. and Little India in Artesia. In the last three years, his paintings on paper have explored the design and construction phases of new domestic architecture. Its inspiration originating from building plans, construction materials, tools and surrounding landscape: all interpreted into abstract pictorial form.