In Focus: Local Bemidji Artist Finds Art Inspiration Through Music


>>Dennis: THEY CAN PUT SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM. >>A.J.: THEY HAVE A BIG SERIES COMING PICK UP.>>Dennis: A LOCAL BEMIDJI ARTIST SHOWCASES AN ART COLLECTION INSPIRED BY MUSIC THE COLLECTION FOCUSES ON THE INTERPRETATION OF A SONG. FOR THIS WEEK’S IN FOCUS. MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US ABOUT THE ART COLLECTION “THEMATIC PAINTING WITH MUSIC.”>>I’M REWRITING THE SONG IN A DIFFERENT MEDIUM.>>Reporter: LOCAL BEMIDJI ARTIST CHARLES ALBERTI HAS BEEN PAINTING FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER. HIS NEW ART COLLECTION TITLED “THEMATIC PAINTING WITH MUSIC” IS FEATURED AT GALLERY NORTH IN DOWNTOWN BEMIDJI.>>I ALWAYS LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE I PAINT, BUT I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IF IT INFLUENCED WHAT I’M PAINTING OR DRAWING.>>Reporter: THERE’S OVER 50 ACRYLIC PAINTINGS IN HIS COLLECTION AND IT TOOK OVER EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE. EACH PAINTING IS AN INTERPRETATION OF THE SONG. HE PAINTS EVERY IMAGERY AND COLOR THAT COMES TO MIND.>>IT MAY BE SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHO LISTENS TO THAT PIECE OF MUSIC AND SAY, WELL, I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GOT THAT OUT OF THAT BUT IT’S WHAT CAME OUT OF ME. AND MY THOUGHTS AT THAT TIME. >>Reporter: HE NOTICES A LOT OF SUN AND MOON IMAGERY IN HIS PAINTINGS. >>I’M INTERESTED IN IMAGES, AND TO THINK THEY CAME FROM SONGS IS A WHOLE OTHER THING. I HAVEN’T TRIED TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND THE MUSIC THAT GOES BEHIND THE CREATION OF THESE THINGS.>>Reporter: CHARLES ALBERTI SAYS THE PROCESS OF CREATING HIS COLLECTION INVOLVES HIM LISTENING TO A SONG AND PAINTING. THE MUSIC GENERES RANGE. EACH PIECE IS NAMED AFTER A SONG IT WAS INSPIRED BY. ONE SONG “IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL” WAS INSPIRED BY THAT SONG.>>IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN GRAB ONTO. IT JUST SURROUNDS YOU.>>Reporter: CHARLES ALBERTI SAYS HIS INSPIRATION COMES FROM THE DRIVE CREATING SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T EXIST BEFORE ON A

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