Coalesce: A City Composed is a new multimedia collaboration by emerging Arizona-based artists. Megan Jonas, a visual artist and Phoenix native, and Jordan Ignacio, a musician and recent East Coast transplant, create a series of works in which paintings and musical scores form cohesive pieces intended to be experienced together. The music builds and dissolves in response to stages of the unfinished painting, while the paintings are subtly influence by the musical works-in-progress, forming a symbiotic feedback loop. The works interpret the excitement and monotony of life in the urban desert sprawl from the diverse perspectives of the native and the newcomer. The tunnels, alleyways, tract homes, and intersections depicted and the musical accompaniment interact in ways both harmonious and dissonant. Megan Jonas was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979 and is a life-long Arizona resident currently based in the Sunnyslope area. She attended the New School for the Arts before graduating from the Art Institute of Phoenix. She is known for her distinctly fluid sketching style and is currently focused on plein air landscape painting. She works year-round to interpret power lines, palm tress, utility poles and other urban trappings in unexpected and often beatified ways despite harsh working conditions. Jordan Ignacio was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1985 and recently relocated to Phoenix. He is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who collects vintage keyboards and synthesizers along with guitars and other instruments. Working as The Languid Current he creates “happy-sad music for happy-sad people” that dispenses with musical stereotypes in favor of charting complex emotional paths over the course a song. In that sense, he is more influenced by film scores than by rock music, and has scored a number of films in recent years.
December 16, 2016
1501 Grand Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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