Visual artist Ligel Lambert has for a long time been imagining what sound might look like. Using the concept of transmediation, color and abstraction, he examines the visual representation of sound to create free-flowing, improvisational elements, bouncing off each other while defining each other.
Lambert states: "My interest in trying to visualize sound was born when I was learning to play the trombone at the age of ten or eleven. I then started to attempt to illustrate what I heard around me using pen and pencil. My curiosity to explore various ways of depicting different sounds has grown ever since."
As in music, seemingly arbitrary creations exist within a solid framework, giving shape to each element while integrating the composition as a whole. Through the sound/sight relationship, spontaneity is considered not as an impulsive choice but a form choice. The titles of his work reflect his sense of exploration and curiosity: The Message is Unclear, but I am still Listening; Improvisational Melody in 4/4; Static Noise: Unclear, Please Repeat!; and Ancestral Sounds.
As Lambert envisions, imagines, and experiments with various materials, the work produced in the process may explore the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological as pertaining to the impact of living in our world. His deep color sensibilities reflect on the ever-evolving aspect of sound, engaging us in a powerful look-seeing like a beautiful harmony vibrating within our collective souls. His supreme color juxtapositions invite us into a space with fertile possibilities, always moving from being to becoming, always imagining beauty as a profoundly human aspiration.
About Ligel Lambert
Ligel Lambert is a Haitian-born American, New York based interdisciplinary contemporary artist, educator, graphic & web designer. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Interdisciplinary Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2013); Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida (2021). In addition, he completed a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design (2011). He has taught art in the US, South Korea, Japan, and China. Collaborations include work with Wycliffe Gordon, Howard R. Paul, and Bob James.
Lambert’s work has been shown in galleries in New York; Savannah, Georgia; Su Zhou, China; Melbourne, Australia; Jacksonville, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; among others. His work is in the private and public collections at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and Savannah, Georgia; Tisdell Cottage Foundation and Coastal Jazz Association in Savannah, Georgia; City of Jacksonville, Florida; and Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz).
Lambert creates his work in his art studio in the Bronx and is currently a doctoral student in the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College Graduate School of Education at Columbia University.