Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler turns 50 years old on Jan. 22, and he’s celebrating the occasion by immortalizing his famous drum strokes on canvas.
A collection of fine art pieces from Adler and publisher SceneFour, called ‘50’ will debut on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles and it was created using a style called “Rhythm-On-Canvas.” That medium involves the drummer using different drumsticks that light up in a variety of ways. Then those lighting patterns are brought into a studio and translated to canvas. You can check out the preview for Adler’s art in the video above.
Def Leppard is not currently on tour, but the veteran rock band’s drummer, Rick Allen, will be in New Jersey this weekend. He’ll be making an appearance at the Wentworth Gallery at the Mall at Short Hills, where his artwork is currently on display.
The exhibition is titled “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons,” and it includes 45 mixed media originals featuring his photography, light art and painting. One example, “Buddha: A Study in Gold,” is shown above.
Allen will appear at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday; a portion of each sale will go to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, described on its web site as “An innovative healing program for veterans, active duty military, and their families that address the everyday stress, anxiety and depression experienced by service men and women and their families.”
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For decades, the movement and approach of fine artists has been studied and compared to rhythm. Most notably Jackson Pollock’s abstract work in the 1950s showcased “rhythmic nature” in relation to his splattering of paint on canvas and the patterns produced.
In 2009, SceneFour set in motion a plan to begin working in the “mindset” of rhythm. The project would begin with picking 10 drummers to establish and pioneer a new medium dubbed “rhythm-on-canvas.” Using drumsticks that lit with various colors, patterns, speeds and temperatures, the drummers would construct rhythms that would translate to abstract artwork eventually to be laid to canvas. These works would showcase the individual drummers’ speed, technique, style, and creativity.
The 10 drummers would be part of an assembly called “The Art of Drums Project.” From 2009 to 2013, 10 collections were created and released. A new medium was born and established with collections selling at breakneck speed and galleries around the country showcasing the work.
The medium continues in 2014 with SceneFour’s abstract work with the best living drummers, breaking traditions and redefining rhythm and fine art.