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Texture and Motion: the Music and Art of Tim Motzer

Texture and Motion: Abstract Works on Canvas

March 2 - March 4, 2018

Areté Venue and Gallery is proud to present Texture and Motion, a pop-up exhibition of guitarist Tim Motzer's abstract works on canvas on view starting Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This pop-up event will also incorporate a series of concerts featuring performances by Motzer on guitar and electronics and guest artists violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood, pianist Melinda Faylor, and percussionist Jeremy Carlstedt. Hand-painted and signed CDs of his recent recordings will be available for purchase as well as small works on paper.

PERFORMANCES ($10 at the door)

Friday, March 2nd

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics),  7pm

Melinda Faylor (prepared piano) & Tim Motzer Duo Improvisations, 9pm


Saturday, March 3rd

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics), 3pm

Charlotte Munn-Wood (violin) & Tim Motzer duo improvisations, 7pm

Jeremy Carlstedt (percussion & electronics) & Tim Motzer, 9pm


Sunday, March 4th

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics), 2pm


Texture and Motion is painter and musician Tim Motzer’s first gallery exhibition in New York. Motzer is widely known as an innovative guitarist, composer, and improviser who has toured internationally over the last 20 years, crafting a distinctive sonic niche through his musical artistry. Alongside his solo work, his music projects include Orion Tango, Instant Takemitsu (on his 1k Recordings label), and collaborations with David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Ursula Rucker, and King Britt among others. Through 2016-2018 Motzer worked with the improvisational trio Bandit65, featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis, touring in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Motzer's art is expressed with abstract aesthetics, reflecting a visual representation of his musical theory and performance. His works are heavily layered and give a textured illustration of the elements that his music demonstrates:

My goal is to express visually what I hear in my music. As I improvise with guitar—sonic texture, atmosphere, landscape, motion, harmonic color, and line all come together to form the whole. I recognize a similar direction in my painting—collisions, accidents, and densities of color, motion, decay, dream-like states, mystery, and space. I am exploring this approach within my paintings, as one medium reflects the other. Within both, I am searching the unknown for beauty, magic, and a sense of wonder.

I think my paintings have been influenced also by traveling the world a great deal... these works somehow take on a sense of place to me. Each piece, while connected to one another, contains a distinct cultural memory.  My music has this as well. It is inspired by where I am, the constant movement, the sights and sounds, and the presence of the people that I am near. With my painting, I work in solitude, and the work is improvised over a short time. I am sure subconscious memory, instinct, and emotion play a role in the immediateness of the process. I think through the blur of my life, all of these experiences bubble to the surface as a burst of expression.

For more information on Tim Motzer, visit his website at

Earlier Event: February 25
Music Inspired by Dyspepsia 6-10pm
Later Event: March 16
The Art of Protest Opening Party