Chiwen Bao – ‘The Piano’ – viscosity print, 1996. (originally published by Dulaney High School in the 1996 edition of their Sequel literary magazine; courtesy of Greg Storms). Music provided the inspiration for many Towson-Glen Arm visual art pieces, but, of all the music inspired visual works to come from TGA, Bao’s ‘The Piano’ perhaps best symbolizes the ambition of the scene’s music. The magical, lava colored piano points toward the void of outer space shooting out columns of written music that resemble skyscapers. Here is music as means to build communities, art created in the name of a fateful and positive change, creativity as civilization’s fulcrum, a molten eruption illuminating the deathly darkness, a radical outburst of light and life.
“Though a close knit social circle existed to support the Towson-Glen Arm arts community, many young artists from the area were uninterested in TGA’s social milieu, while others were a part of cliques barely connected to ours. Minus any excessive personal interaction with the scene, visionaries such as singer-songwriter Megan Carberry, Andy Papastephanou (of The Cosmic People From Outer Space), poet Julia Lee, Tyler Roylance and Ian McDonald (of the band Skull & The Cross Bones), and visual artist Chiwen Bao all accomplished feats of strange beauty equal and akin to even the best work of the more visible TGA artists…”
– from the notes to Towson Glen Arm Freakouts volume 1
‘In The Midst’ – intaglio print, 1996 (originally published in the 1996 edition of Dulaney High School’s “Sequel” literary magazine; courtesy of Greg Storms)
photos of ‘Intrinsic’ – mixed media, 1997 (originally published in the 1997 edition of
Dulaney High School’s “Sequel” literary magazine (courtesy of Greg Storms)
Here’s an interesting, one-of-a-kind black & white version of Chiwen Bao’s ‘The Piano’ taken from a mock up copy of the 1996 edition of Dulaney High School’s “Sequel” literary magazine. Hand written printer’s instructions appear at the upper right. (courtesy of Meekah Hopkins)
Here’s where you can find more info on the fine art of Towson-Glen Arm: https://towsonglenarmfreakouts.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/the-fine-art-of-towson-glen-arm-tricia-lane-forster-part-1/