On February 1, 2013, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will present a solo exhibition by Fort Myers artist Cindy Jane. Titled Morphic Adaptations, it will feature a series of large scale works that delve into a world of transgenic and geomorphic landscapes made up of biomorphic and abstract shapes that merge terrestrial, aquatic, and celestial environments. The exhibit opens at 6:00 p.m. during Art Walk, and continues through February 22.
Music for the event will be provided by Punta Gorda musician Peter Taylor, who composes and performs ambient and new age music on both acoustic and electric guitar. Ambient is a mainly instrumental music genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise. It is designed to create an overarching atmospheric context that is relaxing and peaceful. It is known by many names, including experimental, chill-out, mood music and world music, and has variations like ambient techno and ambient trance.
The name "ambient" was coined by genre co-founder Brian Eno after an accident that rendered him bedridden in 1975. The release of his Ambient 1: Music for Airports album in 1978 helped promote ambient music. The album notes accompanying the record include a manifesto describing the philosophy behind his ambient music: "Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting."
One of Eno's influences was American composer John Cage, whose continuing legacy was the subject of a retrospective last August at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.
"Since it's really about flow, sounds and textures," Taylor explains, "it's a perfect complement for Cindy's art, which has repetitive figures and themes. The themes and variations that I'll be performing will morph at times into new age. Some will have classical overtones. Others will be more jazzy. But since Cindy's work has a pastoral, bucolic feel, the music will move between and around these themes."
Which will provide an auditory component that is too often missing from visually-singular art exhibits.
Taylor's organic, otherworldly sounds, tones and harmonies have garnered him appearance at several other art exhibit opening night receptions. "I played at Willow's art show before daas opened downtown," Taylor notes, "which is where I first met Cindy."
His multi-instrumental solo show is called Single Minded. He is also part of a pop duo with Fort Myers musician Susie Hulcher. And Taylor provides lead vocals for the Charlotte County classic rock band Archer.
Morphic Adaptations opens February 1, 2013 with an Art Walk reception for the artist and will run through February 22.