I’ve been lucky to work with Michael Cina in both a personal and professional manner, and he’s without a doubt one of the hardest working individuals I know. He’s also one of the most multi-talented guys I’ve ever encountered as well. Somehow he can effortlessly maneuver between design and fine art without missing a beat. A perfect example is the ongoing project he’s been working on with Matthew Dear called Beams.
The Beams project has been the most ambitious music packaging project that I have worked on to date. It started in November of 2011 and ended in May of 2012. The full scope involves almost 100 paintings, two of the paintings being 20 feet long, flying to NYC to be filmed painting a 6 foot portrait, another porttrait that took 2 months to paint, a custom typeface, and countless designs. There will be four singles to come off this record as well, each requiring new pieces as well.
The work is really remarkable and so dynamic feeling. I love that he chooses to get so close paintings, cropping these beautiful fragments of art. When I go to a museum the first thing I want to do is look at the paint up close, to see the subtlety of the strokes and how the painting came together. With these works I feel like Michael is giving us a peak inside his brain, and that he sees value in each every stroke, whether consciously made or not. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the rest of the project turns out.