Music and painting mingle in the library
Abbie Cianfracco begins her painting, while Timothy Parker plays the piano on her strokes.
by Dave Warner
Area musician Timothy Parker and area visual artist Abbie Cianfracco appeared Saturday at the Little Falls Public Library, performing the unique fusion of audio and visual artist creation known as the Inscape Experience.
It is a fusion of live music and impromptu painting, which begins when the artist puts the brush on the canvas and the first note sounds. This process unites sound and vision, as the multi-instrumentalist interprets the paint as it manifests on the canvas.
The seeds of the Inscape collective were sown on the streets of various cities where Parker studied his craft. While a student, he supplemented his income by performing on the streets, also known as “busking”.
Parker said: “Many years ago I was broke and taking my musical instruments out into the street. In doing so, I began to be able to predict what a person walking down the street wanted to hear.
As his meals improved based on his ability to “read” oncoming passers-by, he began to paint “musical portraits” of these potential patrons.
Parker started doing portraits of his friends and found it a natural transition to do the same with paintings.
“When I got back to the States, I started doing this with paints. I started working with living painters,” he said.
Parker said: “It gets scary sometimes. That’s the only way I can describe it.
Mena Cerone attended the event and said, “I thought it was interesting and unique to see how motivating the music was for the artist. Many of his strokes echoed what the musician was playing, so much of the work was driven by the tempo and intensity of the music.
“Most definitely he was driving her. She was really following with a lot of short, staccato-like brushstrokes as opposed to long, wide, engaged brushstrokes,” Cerone said.
Cianfracco is an artist and art teacher for young people, teaching in local organizations and also focusing on enriching the lives of disabled and at-risk populations.
The Inscape collective has performed at Sculpture Space, the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, and many other regional and local galleries, with upcoming performances planned at museums throughout the Northeast.