Kenor is an artist from Barcelona who uses simple shapes and strong colors to create art in many different fields, such as canvas, walls, installations and even clothes.
For fifteen years now, and counting, Kenor has been enriching the planet we live in with his versatile exhibitions and monumental murals. His studio works, inspired by his street art experiences, have crossed over to the field of fine art, carrying the same spontaneous style and visual impact. The color, an essential element of his art, traces back to his aerosol-made lines, now grown into proper experiments with the dynamics and aiming to translate rhythm onto whichever surface. Dance and music are, in fact, an indispensable part of Kenor’s work; one can say that his works, canvases or sculptures, are on a tireless quest for the best possible translation of a musical moment onto two-dimensional space. His structures are elaborate and complex, yet ooze in the simplicity of the moment, or an assembly of moments, ready to be unveiled and deciphered by the viewers.
The abstract geometries that characterize Kenor's work are always the result of the visual interpretation of the music that motivates his creative action: Techno.
Hi Kenor, today MoW selected five of your artworks inspired by music. Can you tell MoW why and how your artworks are inspired by music?
A song is formed by a set of rhythms. I paint rhythms. I deconstruct and construct them, creating a new audio visual piece of work. Transforming each rhythm into my different pictorial language.
To paint music I have merged all the styles that I have developed over the last 10 years: geometry, abstract, deconstruction, dimension and movement. For this concept it has been very important to build with points, to create infinite points from a continuous and indefinite succession that defragments the line on the plane into multiple fragments in a single dimension.
What is the song that inspired the artworks presented today?
"Underneath The Radar" was inspired by the song Helicopter by Knobs
"Phaedra" was inspired by the song Stigma by Psyk
This mural was inspired by the song Asiel by Radial
"Where is The Bass" was inspired by the song In Space by P.E.A.R.L
Techno was inspired by Monolake.
What is your favorite piece between the ones presented today?
It's hard to choose. But, I would say my most recent mural, Techno. This time we present the work of Monolake. I have tried to paint the sound of the songs.
The abstract geometries that characterize my work are always the result of the visual interpretation of the music that motivates my creative action: Techno. The tones and the dances that respond to the sound, the movement that is born and gets translated onto canvas or into a sculpture through curves, lines, shapes. This musical style made of textures makes my interpretations compose their own music through the very act of painting, the gestures of applying paint, the movement of sculpting. Each of them is the launching of an accurate, final line which arises in a visceral way. Composing a piece of work in which no line has privilege over the others, any color prevails over others. My achievement is thereby to generate harmonic and coherent work from the purely expressive. The surface isn’t divided into coordinates. It is the piece of work itself that takes its own rhythm, its own voice. Every gesture builds a line, one movement, each set of lines forms a sound, a rhythm, one dance. And it is the rhythm of each work that I listen to and paint.
Why is music important to you, in your life and in your art?
Without music, I can not paint, I can not live. Music is my engine.
Do you have plans on creating new artworks inspired by music ?
In my new audio-visual project I will create the music through analog instruments, synthesizers and live drum machines. In my new installations I will give sounds a form.
Can you tell Mow more about your techniques and how long did it take you to make Techno?
We finished Techno in five days. For this mural I used the technique I used when I painted trains. Painting a train is an extreme situation. One has to pay attention to one's surroundings, put almost all your senses available to the environment. There isn't much time for the completion of a work. Despite this extensive attention one has to focus on a small horizontal format. That tense, diffuse concentration is the stimulus that determined my way of painting: one built through gestures. As I said earlier, each of them is the launching of an accurate, final line which arises in a visceral way. Composing a piece of work in which no line has privilege over the others, any color prevails over others.
Do you listen to music when your working ?
Always Electronic music, Abstract EDM , Techno, Breakcore, Hardcore, Bass...
What are the songs that you liked the most lately?
I really like the songs of GROOT, a Psytrance experimental artist.
What was the last gig you went to ?
The last concert I went to was CEEPHAX ACID CREW
Are you a musician yourself?
Yes, I make an abstract industrial techno noise. Only with analog machines. No computers. I play with ROLAND, KORG, NOVATION ... I only do jam-sessions, live sound.
THANK YOU SO MUCH KENOR
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