Maximalism/Minimalism – An Immersive Art & Music Experience
Anthony Cardella’s doctoral recital featuring artwork by Shane Guffogg, curated by Victoria Chapman.
Saturday, April 22 · 12 – 2 pm PDT
Performance at 12:15 pm PDT
Alice and Elenore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES), 840 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089
A program of 80 minutes of Maximalist and Minimalist works for the piano from memory, with no breaks. Accompanied artwork by Shane Guffogg, fitting either category.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12 PM, concert starts at 12:15 PM. Audience members are encouraged to move throughout the space during the concert to experience the relationship between the music and the art entirely.
There will be a livestream link available on the eventbrite page as well for out of town viewer
- Kapustin – Concert Etude No. 1, Op. 40 – “Prelude”
- Liszt – “Orage” from Années de pèlerinage I (The Storm)
- Liszt – “Vallée d’Obermann” from Années de pèlerinage I (Obermann’s Valley)
- Dancigers – “The Bright Motion 1”
- G lass – “Etude No. 20”
- Liszt – Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia quasi sonata
- G lass – Etude No. 5
- G lass – Etude No. 6
- Kapustin – Concert Etude No. 8, Op. 40 – “Finale”
A Note from Shane
Synthesia is a phenomenon that is not fully understood by science, most people don’t experience it. This strange phenomenon is basically a mixing of our senses. I can hear my paintings almost as much as I see them. But what I hear is sensorial and something that is hard to explain. The music I listen to while I paint is very important to me because certain tones equate colors and rhythms equate movement.
In that sense, sound is an integral part of my vision. When sounds are arranged in a particular order, they can transcend the simple notes and become an instrument of expression. I like to think of this as art.
When I first saw Tony play the piano, I knew I was in the presence of an artist. A conversation began between us last year and it was one based on an understanding of what it means to be an artist, which is to transcribe the world around us through the medium of our choice. This translation of thoughts and emotions is what gives meaning to our lives. It speaks in a wordless language that touches something deep within, summoning the past and future into the moment of now.
When Tony asked me if I would show some paintings for his recital, I of course said yes. Then he sent me his play list. I listened to it many times while I painted in my studio, allowing the sensorial experience to happen. I heard many colors and saw melodies that flowed across the canvas, defying gravity as they leaped from one edge of the universe to the other.
The works I have chosen are just a small example, which I hope is only the beginning of what Tony and I will continue to explore through the sight of sound.
April 20th, 2023
Anthony Cardella is a dynamic and compelling, active performer who has performed in esteemed concert halls across the United States and Europe and has won regional and national performance competitions in the United States. A Wisconsin native, Anthony moved to Los Angeles three years ago after completing his undergraduate studies at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. He has performed, taught, and collaborated in Los Angeles while pursuing further studies at the Thornton School of Music. Anthony is an award-winning performer praised for his virtuosity, exceptionally delicate touch, and colorful playing that connects with his audiences emotionally. Anthony is known for assembling programs that showcase the full extent of his technical abilities and vulnerability at the piano in tandem. He is also actively seeking out music written by living composers to program and showcase in addition to standard Classical repertoire.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music with honors, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is a Doctoral candidate at USC, teaching at the collegiate level while also doing research in musicology and pedagogy.
1st place winner at the state and national divisions of the National Federation of Music Club’s Student/Collegiate Division competition
- 3rd place winner at the Tannenwald Young Artist Competition
- Semi-finalist at the William Knabe International Piano Competition
- 1st place winner at the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition
- 1st place winner at the WI state division of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition (Multiple years)
- Finalist at the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition
- 1st place winner with Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto in the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Winner’s Performance on March 9th, 2018 with orchestra)
- 1st place winner and scholarship recipient at Northeast Wisconsin Piano Teachers Forum Annual Classical Competition
- Margarete Gary Daniel’s Award for Excellence in Keyboard Performance – Lawrence University (Multiple Years)
Shane Guffogg was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised on an exotic bird farm in the San Joaquin Valley. His interest in painting began while a teenager when he traveled to Europe and the former Soviet Union and was exposed to the Masters. He received his B.F.A. from Cal Arts, and during his studies, he interned in New York City.
He relocated to Los Angeles, where he lived in Venice Beach and worked as a Studio Assistant for Ed Ruscha from 1989 until 1995. His work began exploring the iconography of Ancient, Classical, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary cultures and the relationships among the various times and peoples. During this exploration, he found that painting is one of the few art forms that may express what language cannot. The resulting work contains its own language of sign and symbol, and in its patterning, visual depth, and light, simultaneously seems to refer to emotion, to the human spirit, and to the unseen worlds of Quantum Physics and Super String Theory.
Guffogg works in oil on canvas, paper, watercolor, gouache, pastel, and traditional etchings on zinc plates. The size of the work ranges from the intimacy of 10” x 8′′ to the monumental 10′ x 8′. His oils typically have up to 100 layers of translucent colors mixed with a glazing medium, which causes the paintings to seem illuminated from within.
Guffogg’s language of light and color in the oil paintings manifested into glass, with the shapes originating from the negative spaces within his paintings, creating a visual duality of male and female, organic and architectural shapes. The glass sculptures are created in Murano, tying his sculptural ideas to an ancient history of glass making. These shadows have also taken shape in Carrara marble.
Guffogg’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, The Imperial Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, The Gallery of the Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles and other public collections.
Victoria Chapman, Curator
VC Projects was founded in 2014 by British-born Victoria Chapman, a Los Angeles-based curator and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston graduate at Tufts University. VC Projects was created to assist artists with their studio and exhibition development.
Chapman has spent over twenty-five years working domestically and internationally in a variety of means with art directors, curators, art consultants, artists, galleries, museums, and art institutions, assisting with administrative, curatorial, and exhibition planning. Chapman’s work experience has taken her to museums such as The Isabella Gardener Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum. She also worked as an Art Director for Daniel Fine Art Services for over sixteen years, working alongside senior curators to create art collections for boutique hotels.
For the past seven years and as of present, Chapman has been the Studio Director for Shane Guffogg, a Los Angeles-based international artist with a long and honorable career in visual arts, augmented reality, and sound experiments. Chapman is also a published writer, speaker, and mentor regarding art history and the creative process. This month (April 2023) she published her second book with Shane Guffogg, “Seven Conversations on Color.”
In 2020, Victoria opened El NIDO by VC Projects, an art space located in Hollywood, featuring visual and performing arts included the written word. For Slow Art Day, April 15, 2023, she curated “Homage to Sam Francis” acknowledging 100 years of Sam; the artist known for interpreting color and light. From 2019 to the present, she has curated over twenty-five exhibitions, and seven music/sound performances. Victoria is a Contributing Curator and Liaison to Casa Regis: Center for Culture and Contemporary Art, Italy, and a club member of Cromwell Place, an art exhibitions space, in London, England.