Since helping form Incubus 25 years ago, drummer Jose Pasillas has had both his feet planted in the music world. In 2013, he took one step into the fine art world with the release of ‘Abstract + Rhythm Landscapes’, his first full collection of fine art created in conjunction with SceneFour, the Los Angeles creativity house behind fine art/music visual mashups with the likes of RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers (watch the ‘Abstract + Rhythm Landscapes’ trailer). On April 7, Pasillas will take another step into the art realm with the release of ‘Jose Pasillas II: Rhythm Of Life’.
Pasillas indulged his interest in photography during Incubus’ 2015 world tour, which passed through Bangkok, Sydney, Osaka, Moscow, Los Angeles and New York. The photographs he took in these cities serve as the bedrock of the ‘Rhythm Of Life” collection. SceneFour uses a sophisticated process to convert Pasillas’ drumstrokes into color and light and capture them on camera. Pieces like Desert Angels, Bugs Eye View, Incandescence and Transition fuse that rhythmic color-work with Pasillas’ photos to make ‘Rhythm Of Life’ a wholly unique collection, with canvases varying in size from 19″x 19″ to 60″x 33″. Some pieces in the collection did lend themselves to incorporate Pasillas’ own hand drawings into the mixed media adding a third element to the canvases as well.
“Rhythm Of Life” is the most recent project from Scenefour (scenefour.com), the art collective specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins of Parliament/James Brown fame, and Chuck D of Public Enemy are just a handful of Scenefour’s collaborators, whose work can be seen in their 2011 book Come Together. “Abstract + Rhythm” joins the “Art Of Drums” series alongside collections from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Chad Sexton of 311 and Jane’s Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins. “Rhythm Of Life” will be unveiled to the general public on April 7, but collectors of “Abstract + Rhythm Landscapes” will receive pre-release access, along with anyone who signs up for the interest list at josepasillas.com.
Watch the Jose Pasillas II: Rhythm Of Life video trailer below!