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artist | designer | photographer | musician

Kevin “Kazz” Cassidy grew up in the woods of New Hampshire with a love for art, film and music. Originally inspired by comic books and Star Wars, and later the art and philosophy of the ancient Far East, he enjoyed early success at local and national art competitions before moving to Boston, MA.

In high school, Kevin received a full scholarship to Pratt Institute of Design in New York and attended classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Art and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. At the time, he focused on film, and video production, audio engineering, and photography.

Kevin later spent two decades as Art Director at Fishman Transducers and Parker Guitars. He also played music in…

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  • Born on February 23
  • Joined August 20, 2009

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About

BIO

artist | designer | photographer | musician

Kevin “Kazz” Cassidy grew up in the woods of New Hampshire with a love for art, film and music. Originally inspired by comic books and Star Wars, and later the art and philosophy of the ancient Far East, he enjoyed early success at local and national art competitions before moving to Boston, MA.

In high school, Kevin received a full scholarship to Pratt Institute of Design in New York and attended classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Art and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. At the time, he focused on film, and video production, audio engineering, and photography.

Kevin later spent two decades as Art Director at Fishman Transducers and Parker Guitars. He also played music in various original bands along the East Coast, and exhibited fine art photography throughout New England.

Kevin is currently owner of www.kazzcreative.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Every person, every thing, and every place has a story. Every story is a universal means to communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. Stories can be told through words, shapes, colors, sound, and motion. Stories have characters, conflicts, and lessons. They can be told over the course of time or within a single moment. Stories are our past, present and future.

The two most essential elements of any story are the story teller and the audience. It's an integral relationship where one cannot exist without the other. This does not always mean the audience will (or must) literally interpret the intentions of the story teller. In fact, it is often best for the audience to interpret a story through its own life experience to keep the story alive.

Despite my focus on photography, design, and music, the means of expression and its tools, rules and techniques are less important than the story itself. Any image can be produced with the finest lens and black & white film, or with a cell phone. Any song can be performed with a full orchestra, or by singing and clapping hands. The heritage of the medium has always been secondary to me. Music is visual. Art is musical. The grotesque is just as truthful as beauty. The concrete is just as infinite as the abstract.

It has never been my goal to be explicit in my message. Rather it's been a quest for self-understanding through understanding others - to see the world inside via the world around me. Otherwise there is no reason to do art of any kind. If I could simply say, "This is what I see" and truly capture that feeling, there would be no need for shapes, colors, sound or motion; all of which have unique ways of exceeding the limitations of language.

With this in mind, I always strive for simplicity. Much like the ancient art of Sumi-E from the Far East, the empty spaces allow the audience to complete the story. The story surpasses the boundaries of the image far more than if the entire surface was coated with intricate detail. Without silence, music loses impact. Without stillness, motion becomes inert. The duality of nature is both composed of and dependent on contrast, tension and release, light and dark.

In the simplest of terms, I've broken down my photographic work into three categories; People, Places and Things. People could include candid shots taken by accident, or more formalized portraits. In both cases, my goal is to convey the story of the individual rather than his or her appearance. Places could include landscapes or moments in time that could trigger a memory from the past or the future. Things can have just as much character as people, and tell their own stories whether they be fact or fiction. Whether an image is a stand alone moment or one in a series, I liken them to movie stills and the stories they might invoke.

Also find me @
www.kazzcreative.com
www.facebook.com/kazzcreative
www.flickr.com/photos/kazzphoto

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