Electric Haze has held down the Worcester festival music and art scene for 3 solid years, hosting many memorable sets from your favorite bands and DJs touring through the heart of Mass. Its been a great experience having 2 solo art shows here, countless painting sessions and an original on the wall, called Hazy Nights, which was gifted to the owners. To have the opportunity to lay down pigments on not one, but two, of the main walls in the venue was really exciting.
The concept of the piece, was to use the logo in the center, as a computer chip, with circuits running down the length of the bar. The glow is to give off the feel of electricity. The plug of the right is an audio jack pointing toward the stage. Because the mural is typically blocked by chairs and bodies, it is mainly viewed up close, or in small sections at a time. I chose to only use limited colors and patterns, so the art would hold up visually, from whatever angle it was being viewed.
My favorite piece is on the end of the bar, where the circuits connect into an old school speaker box thats bumping music. I created this effect using a 2 foot wide stencil cut out of cardboard using a laser. This image to me is what the music is really all about - the power of sound.
Another painting that was made is called "Shock Treatment". This was added to a previous piece created by Fogger, which is the yellow and red background behind the brain. Since the wall is covering the sound engineer's table, I wanted to convey that area as the 'Brain', controlling the general vibe of the show. It also compliments the experience of the viewer, whose neurons are firing away with the sensory stimulation that live music can offer.
The energy that we all feel when we come together and share simple things like music, food, drinks, art and conversation in a chill, comfortable and friendly environment, is really what inspires me about venues like this. The connections we have and build is really what's important. I tried to convey that idea as best as possible when creating this mural. We, as artists, need spaces like this as outlets for expression, and I felt the need to kickstart some momentum by spraying some color on the walls. Lets keep that electricity flowing!
Much Love - Ryan
26 Millbury Street, Worcester MA.
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