Published on November 6th, 2018 |0
Wentworth Gallery to present Ric Ocasek: Abstract Reality
Ric Ocasek is an artist, musician and writer, perhaps best known as guitarist and songwriter for The Cars and music producer for bands such as No Doubt, Nada Surf, Weezer, Suicide and Bad Brains.
Ocasek, a 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will be making an appearance in gallery at Phipps Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, from 6-8 p.m.
Artwork will be available for acquisition and the gallery and artist appearance are open to the public.
Ocasek has been creating art since his youth and unwinds by making abstract drawings, spending much of his time creating pen and pencil drawings, photo collages, and mixed media paintings.
“I’ve been drawing for most of my life. It’s like thinking on paper,” he says. For Ocasek, music and art go hand in hand, considering his art as a kind of visual music, produced through a similar creative process.
“The process of drawing is the same as writing a song,” he says. “They both start with a blank page.”
Like music, Ocasek’s artwork encompasses elements of rhythm, harmony and dynamics. He creates art as an escape, each piece emerging as a “transient daydream” or diversion as he works in his studio, passes time on airplanes or simply sits in a quiet spot. Self-described as colorful, abstract and unconscious, the artwork is an extension of himself — a collection of “self-portraits.”
“I do canvases with acrylics, but my main medium is drawing on paper, mostly with colored markers,” says Ocasek. “Art is a way to release tension and to organize my thoughts. It’s something I do while pondering an outcome. The drawings start with a shape and explode from there.”
Ocasek likes all kinds of art, but is particularly attracted to Pop Art, and has a deep passion for taking photographs. Like the music of his beloved rock band The Cars, his drawings are unabashedly pop — and yet unlike his music’s super sleek veneer, these works are a bit more raw and unedited, revealing meditative moments of a zen-like drawing practice. Ocasek’s spontaneous, rhythmic mark-making is completely musical and explores repetition and patterns with psychedelic colors and sinuous lines.
As for Ocasek’s own role in the art world, he says, “I’d make work, whether I showed it or not. I see art everywhere; it doesn’t have to be a museum or a gallery. Art is a frame of mind.”
Wentworth Gallery welcomes Ocasek enthusiasts and collectors as invited guests for the special live appearances by the artist. Admission for all registered guests is complimentary. RSVPs are strongly suggested.
For more information contact the gallery at www.wentworthgallery.com.