Zappa as a visual artist

Posted: May 26, 2014 in visual arts, zappa
Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (from the exhibition "The Art of Hard Rock", Rome, September 2011)

Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (from the exhibition “The Art of Hard Rock”, Rome, September 2011)

In 2011/2012 the exhibition “The Art of Hard Rock” toured Europe “to celebrate 40 years of Hard Rock Cafe“. “40 pieces of art by artists such as: Michael Jackson, Pete Townshend, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Lou Reed and more.”

The exhibition included a painting (supposedly?) by Frank Zappa, with the tag “Untitled, etching for an album artwork” (see above).

Here is a relevant pinterest page from the Cologne Hard Rock Cafe.

On September 2011 “The Art of Hard Rock” was on display in Rome, at Chiostro del Bramante. Here are two more pictures of “Untitled” I took at the Chiostro, unfortunately the glass reflected a little bit.

Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (from the exhibition "The Art of Hard Rock", Rome, September 2011)

Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (from the exhibition “The Art of Hard Rock”, Rome, September 2011)

Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (detail, from the exhibition "The Art of Hard Rock", Rome, September 2011)

Frank Zappa, Untitled, 1967, etching for an album artwork (detail, from the exhibition “The Art of Hard Rock”, Rome, September 2011)

The second one is a detail where “December 1967, Mothers Segment” can be read near the FZ sign. I’m not sure about the word “segment” actually, any other clue?

For other information about FZ as a visual artist, go to the “Frank Zappa Paintings & Drawings” page, at the Information Is Not Knowledge web site.

Concerning the “Drum Shop” collage (already mentioned in this blog), a History Detectives video (from season 10 of the PBS TV show) is really worth watching. The Zappa segment starts at 37:54.

Frank Zappa, Drum Shop, late 1950s/early 1960s, ink,  watercolors and collage

Frank Zappa, Drum Shop, late 1950s/early 1960s, ink, watercolors and collage

Towards the end of video, the detective meets Gail Zappa at the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, a Zappa favorite since the 60s. At 49:53 Gail shows a picture of Bob Yeager, one of the founders of the shop in 1959, with a sport jacket really similar to the one wore by the main character on the right side of the collage! Gail also says “for Frank music was visual. And that’s how he saw music. Like, mobiles, you know, floating, things crossing each other.” Once Again the Calder mobile analogy from the The Real Frank Zappa Book, already mentioned in this blog (in the RAMME’s ZAPPA post). The script to the Zappa episode is available as a pdf file through the PBS web site.

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“The most important thing in art is the frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively – because, without this humble appliance, you can’t know where The Art stops and The Real World begins. You have to put a “box” around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?”

Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book, page 140, Frank Zappa and Peter Occhiogrosso, 1989 —

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