My name is Kevin Farge. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the United States. With my visual art, I try to create a language of graphical figures that I can juxtapose to tell stories, taking inspiration from the untrained quality and mystic symbolism of abstract art and cave art. I’m interested in the origins of language in the mind and how visual art can bypass the language-forming portions of the mind. My goal with my visual art is to create aesthetic spaces that harmonize and calm the mind, make people laugh, and reach to unknown places.
I studied conservation biology in graduate school, and my love of science and nature, and experience as a science teacher, inform my work. I spent a lot of time diagraming cells. I find the goings on at this level of reality to be quasi-mystical, the separation between consciousness and matter, indistinct. I sometimes find myself diagraming cells again in my artwork. Some visual artists whose works have inspired me include Cy Twombly, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, the Chauvet Cave artists, and Hayao Miyazaki. I love a good line, a good color.
With my music, I try to share a spirit of perseverance, grit, and humor, which are the only things that have ever gotten me through the night. I just like a good melody, lyrics, and rhythm. I’m inspired by the music of great pop songwriters who can make you cry with just a few notes, like Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, and Paul McCartney. I love the music of Donovan, Nick Drake, John Fahey, The Stooges, Devendra Banhart, Little Wings, and Ben Chasny.
With all of my work I’ve tried to elevate simple, everyday materials.
I am open to collaboration and commissions. If you have any ideas on how we could work together, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.