More than ever music and art are directly linked by their similar creative approach evolving in the same way through records, posters and flyers artwork. Art gives music a visual dimension as much as music can illustrate art, both linked by a common global image and culture, each complementing the other. As its title simply says The Art of Music brings together fifteen international artists to exhibit their visual interpretation of music…

However good the music is a record will never be a great record, as much as a band will never become an iconic band, without a graphic universe that fits with the music. Without records, posters and flyers artwork, each music style would not have any specific visual identity. From psychedelic rock to rave through to death metal, punk or hip hop, music has brought many talented artists to the limelight. In the same manner, many artists such as Peter Saville, Pushead and Raymond Pettibon gave music artists and record labels another dimension, bringing them to their now legendary status. Nowadays, record covers, concert posters and party flyers are viewed as a modern canvas by the artists enabling them to express their work and making it travel from hand to hand outside of the traditional art world.

Ill-Studio’s Thomas Subreville has invited these influential artists, each with individual musical influences and consequently varied ways in which to illustrate it, to celebrates this art of music taking it temporarily from people’s hands to being exhibited in a gallery space…

The Art of Music reflects upon the profound influence that music has on art and simultaneously art has on music and recognises their common creative approach. The leading idea of the show emphasises the fact that artists tastes in music are always strongly related to their work, illustrated in the exhibitions main focus : the imaginary concert posters wall. Each artist has been asked to design the poster for the concert of his dream, including the line-up of choice and in any venue imaginable whether existing or not.

Each individual artist’s musical influences and consequently diverse ways of illustrating them, offers a wide range of imaginary concerts musically, visually and even geographically.