"Randy Thurman is an interesting artist," says Bob Hogge, the artist owner of Monkdogz. "He's on to something." Thurman's geometric paintings incorporate mixed pigment (oil and acrylic) and mixed media. Hogge says the abstract work is "nearly cubist."
"He uses really fundamental colors, then puts them in a geometric format," Hogge says. "What he has done is manage to accomplish a great deal using minimal form and great application of color."
Thurman submitted six paintings to the juried competition, which drew thousands of entries from hundreds of artists from "every time zone, every continent, every language in the world," Hogge says. Four judges graded each work individually; then their scores were combined to choose the 32 artists selected for the exhibit, each of who was represented by a single work. Hogge says Thurman made the cut, while many more accomplished artists didn't. Hogge says he would have expected the work Thurman produces to have emerged from one of the art capitols - London, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Los Angeles. "I was surprised to see this level of work coming out of Tennessee," he says.
(Excerpt from "geometry adds up | Tennessee Renaissance Man's abstract art - and music - selected for New York exhibit " Doug Mason interview with Bob Hogge, Knoxville News Sentinel Co. - Copyright 2007)
"Earlier this year, I spoke to Randy about his first love of music, electric guitar shredding, happily this love and amazing talent has now been rekindled. Sadly though only a few remnants of Randy's earlier life have survived on the occasional worn and decaying cassette tape which have been hidden away for years in storage. Chatting to Randy, a music veteran about his past, his music and his art has been an awe-inspiring experience, so many talents. Randy seems to have molded his music into his art, you can see and feel the music in his paintings."
"We follow a course from Randy's humble beginnings in traditional representational paintings to the sublime intellectually stimulating (staggering) abstractions, from the rural agricultural south to the the hustle and flash of Manhattan New York and the Chelsea district's hottest, most innovative fine art gallery, Monkdogz Urban Art. From a teenage boy screaming out Bon Scott lyrics, to a 42 year old veteran of life, belting out a blues shout of "John the Revelator", from an origin in guitar shredding and classical music, with a progression to improvisational jazz and acoustic blues, launching outward into the experimental and avant-garde, we arrive at the present day of Randy's musical and artistic journey."
Beverly Turner, Phil Brodie Band
The Acoustic Blues Remedy
"Listening to the CD The Acoustic Blues Remedy by Randy Thurman, reminds me of the Great Robert Johnson, with nothing but a guitar and his voice. Randy does a fine job of acoustic sounds on this cd, and his voice is hauntingly from the past."
Delta Frank Black, October 11, 2007 Delta Frank's Blues Blowtorch, WGLT "GLT Blues" Normal, IL
symphony #24 - Dance of the dragon
"The wide range of sound coming from this recording transgresses the boundaries of audible sound and challenges the listener’s ability to maintain the acute awareness required to listen to it."
"This secret musical life of machines is then amplified and manipulated to become a soundscape. There is an ever present white noise in this work which we would normally ignore if we listening to any other source but in Thurman’s work this background sound is a part of the symphony’s texture and only occasionally, at appropriate moments, true silence is established as if they were tiny highlights revealing the white gessoed surface of a painting that has otherwise been completely covered with texture, stains and surface treatments. At other times this white noise swells up into sounds akin to a waterfall or the overwhelming sound one might hear from the enormous engines in the bowels of an ocean liner."
"There are a variety of other recorded somethings. In one case the sinister sound of electronic laughing or sounds that remind one of a cockoo clock. At a certain point one becomes aware of other complex sound textures buried in the background sounds of the recording similar to radio sounds that might get picked up through a filling in your tooth."
"The overall feeling that one gets from the work is a kind of macabre on the one hand and a frightening sublimity on the other. Among composers who use collage as a construction process in their sound works there is a certain fearless exploration of the gathered materials that works outside of the kind of intentional emotional shaping that goes on in fully self expressive works that are built note by note on paper. Thus, the resultant finished work using a sound collage technique seeks more to discover what is beyond the human imagination."
-- Cecil Touchon
(Ontological Museum; International Museum of Collage, Assemblage & Construction; International Post-Dogmatist Group; International Society of Assemblage & Collage Artists; http://cecil.touchon.com/)