"Using Middle America as her muse, Kowch draws the history of a particular place -- invariably rural -- to the surface as it collides with a new reality in layers of metaphor and moodiness. The faces of her women may remind you of characters in a Tim Burton film."
--Steve Parks, Newsday

Friday, June 27, 2008

For all the DM fans out there . . .

Well, I've been painting around the clock this last week and a half, barely leaving my little studio for the last couple days. I got a few big projects going on, all due this upcoming Monday, so I'm at the easel 24/7 and pretty much out of touch with reality and the outside world at the moment. Among some of the things I'm working on is a new personal piece for a juried show, measuring 3 ft. by 5 ft. and I have to admit, it's taking a toll on me both mentally and physically. Aside from it being one with a more complex composition than some of my others, to try and pull it off in little more than a week's time on a canvas so large I can barely manuever it in my workspace, is pretty much doing me in. But the clock's ticking, and the brush isn't gonna stop until it's finished.

So, no new work to post at the moment, but I thought I'd take a minute and post these new, super cool music videos by one of my all time favorite bands - Depeche Mode. I'd say I'm pretty die-hard when it comes to their music, and my studio's rocking with their tunes this week. I LOVE synth/electronic music. Groups like DM, Enigma, and Delerium are among the ones that always top my list- I love all the different atmospheres the genre can create, especially when you mix in a little rock and an amazing voice. Dave Gahan, the voice of DM has a voice that's second to none. Whenever I hear it, I can't get enough of it. I was psyched to find out he also has a new solo album out. It really has some killer tracks; and while he still carries over a lot of DM flavor, it's different and cool in it's own way. I'll be running out to get it before the week's out! The two DM videos are from their recent stuff, and the two below are from Gahan's latest album, Hourglass. And, [putting my girly little crush on him aside ;)], these videos are pretty awesome! Precious is especially cool. It totally encompasses the feel of the music. DM Forever.

So if you're a fan, enjoy. I'll be posting the new stuff I'm working on by early next week.