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Michael Cartellone: The Four Davids

Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Photo by Joshua Kessler ©2013 Michael Cartellone

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone has been painting longer than he has been making music. He began painting at the age of 4. He started on the drums at 9 and he has been making music and art ever since. When asked what inspires him to create both music and art, he says, “I cannot image one without the other.”

Cartellone’s next exhibit of his artwork will be next month at Wentworth Gallery locations in Bethesda, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. Cartellone will be making appearances at both galleries on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm he will be at the Wentworth Gallery at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. And, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm he will be at Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria in McLean. Contact the gallery for more information and to RSVP.

Featured at the exhibit will be Michael Cartellone’s series of paintings The Four Davids. He says about the series:

Each painting in this series is a tribute to Michelangelo. The first time I saw his statue of The David was a powerful experience…and I wanted to paint something to acknowledge that… however, the idea grew into painting him four times in four very different styles… so, the four paintings are  actually a double homage: initially to Michelangelo, and then, inspired by works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Each painting is named David… followed by a year… which signifies the year of the painting of inspiration. Therefore, the paintings are named, David 1889, David 1937, David 1965 and David 1984.

Another painting featured in the exhibit is The Magritte Condition. Cartellone says:

Magritte has always been one of my favorite painters. This painting, In Tribute to him, tips the hat to some of Magritte’s well known themes: the horizon line moving into the canvas in the foreground, his own Self-Portrait, and of course, the famous Apple.

The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone
The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone

In the video below Michael Cartellone talks about his inspirations and his methods used in creating The Four Davids.

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Related blog post: Artwork by Drummer Michael Cartellone (May 29, 2010)

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Dave Mason Album Art by Graham Nash

Future's Past by Dave Mason cover art by Graham Nash
Dave Mason Future’s Past album cover art by Graham Nash

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason, co-founding member of the rock band Traffic, has announced the release of his new album, Future’s Past. The cover art illustration for Future’s Past was created by music legend Graham Nash from a photo he took of Mason while at Nash’s home in Hawaii. Graham Nash is a well respected photographer and painter. Mason and Nash have worked together musically several times in the past.

Future’s Past will be released May 13, 2014. However, Mason has announced a pre-release for fans at his website You can also pre-order Future’s Past at

Mason recently set out on his “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” tour. The tour features hits from Traffic as well as Mason’s own music.

For more information about Graham Nash and his art and photography visit

At Eye To Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash.

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The Art of Graham Nash at San Francisco Art Exchange (August 4, 2013)

The Art of Graham Nash (June 2, 2012)

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David Lynch: The Factory Photographs

‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Lódź), 2000, photograph by David Lynch

An exhibition of photographs by Oscar nominated director, writer, producer David Lynch is currently on display at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. Initially Lynch took photographs of factories when scouting for shooting locations. But he later began taking trips just to photograph factories. He told the Financial Times:

Sometimes it was a definite planned trip to photograph factories,” he explained. “And sometimes it was an offshoot. I’d be in a place, I’d hear about something and I’d try to go there. But really, I think my friends in Poland who ran the Camerimage film festival, they’re the people who organised the most . . . different factories, and there were some beauties.

He goes on to say:

It’s not an intellectual thing. It’s just, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so a beautiful garden for some would give the same thrill – but there’s something about a factory that’s like a beautiful garden.

‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch
‘Untitled’ (Berlin), 1999, photograph by David Lynch

The exhibition consists of 80 images taken between 1980 and 2000, and it also features a sound work created by Lynch. The black and white photographs on show span various locations including; Germany, Poland, New York and England. The exhibition is curated by Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz, a curator and author based in Munich. The show opened January 17, 2014 and continues through March 30, 2014.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lynch has published David Lynch: The Factory Photographs which is also available for purchase at the Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop.

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Innocents: Photos by Moby

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

Musician, producer, and DJ Moby is also an artist and photographer. Moby’s next photography exhibit, Innocents, opens February 21, 2014 at Project Gallery in Hollywood, and continues through March 2014. The premise for Innocents is that the apocalypse happened in December 2012 and “the world changed fairly drastically”. “Moby’s created documentary evidence of the cults of Innocents.” The series of photos was shot over the last three years in Hollywood and the surrounding areas. At the same time, Moby was working on his latest album, Innocents, which was released in October 2013. Moby has been making music and taking photographs since he was 9 years old. His first photography exhibition was Destroyed in 2011.

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

moby on Innocents:

nothing happens quickly.
even the things that happen quickly don’t happen quickly.
a volcano or an earthquake might seem spontaneous and violent, but they’re
the result of long and obscure processes.
the apocalypse of 2012 happened in an instant, but it had begun, almosttectonically, ages ago.
when an ocean liner turns, it appears, for all the world, identical to how it appeared before it’s turning. but its new trajectory is a departure from its old, and this becomes increasingly evident over time.
the apocalypse of 2012 was with us, then it was upon us, and even now it’s both a part of our collective fabric and a representation of something disconcertingly new.
everyone has responded in their own way.
some with an atavistic attachment to what they saw as their pre-apocalyptic, quotidian lives; others with an emblematic representation of the paradoxically subtle and dynamic changes.
‘the cult of the innocents’, of course, fall into the latter category.
they first appeared in the seconds after the apocalypse, when the eschatological dust was still settling, bringing with them their silence and their shame, as represented in sacrifice and concealment.
this was their best response to the changes that they observed and felt but only understood in the most basic and subjective ways.
‘clearly we’ve brought this upon ourselves’, seemed to be their mute proclamation, ‘and we shall stand hidden, as testament to our shame at what we are and what we’ve been.’ it goes without saying that the sacrifices in the hills created and attracted a lot of global media attention. in this show, however, we’ve chosen to underrepresent the more sensationalistic aspects of the ‘cult of the innocents’, instead focusing on their mute and somber penitence.

Innocents: Photos by Moby
Photograph by Moby

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Totems and Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington

Herb Alpert with one of his sculptures
Herb Alpert with one of his sculptures
(Photo by Philipp Scholz Ritterman)

Grammy award winning musician and composer Herb Alpert is also a a respected painter and sculptor. Alpert began painting in 1969 and he has experimented with a number of different styles and materials.  Alpert’s Black Totems series sculptures of were inspired the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. “The black totem sculptures” says Alpert “are pieces made of bronze with a black patina coating, that began life as 12 inch hand –sculpted clay forms. Gigantic–sized incarnations were then shaped by hand as well, before being molded and cast in bronze. Each piece takes as long as 3 months to complete.”

Three of Alpert’s tall black bronze totems, Spirit Totems, will be on exhibit in Dante Park January 25 – April 16, 2014.  “I spent time looking all over New York City for the ideal place for the “Spirit Totems”. I fell in love with Dante Park because it is an open thoroughfare where the sculptures are visible with a connection to jazz at Lincoln Center,” says Herb Alpert.

Herb Alpert with his sculptures
(Photos courtesy of ACA Galleries)

On January 16, 2014 the ACA Galleries, Chelsea, New York, will present 14 smaller bronze totems 3 – 4 feet tall, and bronze maquettes created by Herb Alpert. The ACA Galleries exhibit is titled “Totems and Deities” and is a joint exhibit with artist Anita Huffington. Anita Huffington was originally trained as a dancer under Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. About her work she says, “My sculpture is usually based on the human form, primarily the female nude. I often carve torsos or fragments of the body, believing that the part can be as expressive as the whole.”

The exhibit closes on March l, 2014. Contact the gallery for more information.

Anita Huffington
(Photos courtesy of ACA Galleries)


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