New drawing finished, show opening

I finally finished the latest addition to The History of Metal series of drawings, the Metal Subgenre Popularity Index. It may look familiar, as it is a re-creation of an earlier drawing (see below, a few posts down). I recreated this drawing because the first version was a test run. The earlier one was on crappy paper, and I hadn’t mastered watercolors yet. This version will be included in the Charlotte Street Foundation Awards show at the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College. The show opens on Friday, November 21st, 6-8:30pm. There will be a slide talk from each of the artists (there are four of us) at 7pm. The talks won’t be long, I can promise you. After the opening, the show will be up for three months.

Anyway, back to the drawing. I’m much happier with this version – the colors are better, and I made the graphite lines more prominent in order to emphasize the sectionalizing of the subgenres and the fact that they are broken up into units.

The chart itself is a giant timeline, with each half-circle representing a year (from 1970 to 2007). Each year is separated into 100 parts, representing 100% of metal for that year. The individual subgenres (assigned their own color), are then allocated a percentage for each year, and filled in accordingly. Additionally, I’ve attempted to place each subgenre on the chart based on their “extremity level”. The least extreme subgenre (glam) resides on the left-bottom of the chart (pink), and the rest of the subgenres increase in extremity moving clockwise until you reach grindcore at the right-bottom of the chart (grey).

Eventually, I’d like to create another version of this drawing using hard data, such as the number of albums released per year for each subgenre. For this version, I’ve used research from books and magazines, as well as my own perceptions and experiences to determine the percentages.


~ by mikehill25 on November 10, 2008.

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