Rock is definitely my favorite type of music to throw to. After a few hours of Red Hot Chili Peppers I just feel like I made more pottery than if I had been bobbing my head to Mr. Sunshine on my Shoulders, John Denver. I do think mellow music can be great for detail work or anything tedious. For example, when I mix and test new glazes I like some old Coldplay, like High Speed. Here’s an image from a bunch of testing that I did during my senior thesis in Spring, 2010 on the Nuka glaze:
I’ve never been a fan of tedious work that takes a lot of concentration. I’ve made tedious work even since freshman year in college, but I like to work fast. I made this one for a cardboard project in our Intro to 3D Design class. It was partly the result of a whole lot of Smashing Pumpkins.
In Spring 2009, I went to Northern Arizona University to see 6 artists at a 2 day workshop. Don Reitz really stood out in my head because of his style of working and because his sculptures seemed really fresh. His process reminded me of drippy paintings by Jackson Pollock. This is my favorite way to make artwork: fast and direct. With Abstract Expressionism, you go with the flow and surrender to the process.
For me, the Red Hot Chili Peppers embody this artwork in their music. Anthony Kiedis belts out catchy vocals and lyrics hidden in random sentences that would be grammatical nightmares. Flea’s bass lines have a huge presence in every song, and they meshed perfectly with John Frusciante’s melodies and Chad Smith’s loud, fast beats- good luck finding a drummer that hits his drums harder. The band writes each song from jamming- just rockin out together and letting the music flow. With Frusciante now pursuing his solo career, he trained in little Josh Klinghoffer to live up to his legacy. After releasing their new single I’d agree with Rolling Stone that their “juicy funk-pop groove” isn’t going anywhere. I have a feeling I’ll still be throwing pottery and sculpture to the Chili Peppers for decades to come, hopefully with the same energy embodied by their music, Abstract Expressionists and my Mindscape sculptures.
Take it from Dave Grohl, drummer of Them Crooked Vultures and lead singer/guitarist of Foo Fighers. He rocks with the best of them and knows there are few things in this world that can get you going like a heavy rock song. Well, maybe a FRESH POT!!