Music tastes good, but so does art: These 5 artists will make the festival experience more vibrant

What would a typhoon do to an orchestra playing on a shipping barge in the middle of the ocean? You’ll have to find out at Music Tastes Good this weekend, where five artists are preparing works for the two-day music, food and art festival. From colorful installations to live painting, here’s a little preview of what to expect.

“This year the artists were given the inspiration to deconstruct music, food and ART and how that comes together in a beautiful cacophony of creativity, collaboration and community,” said Nicolassa Galvez, Music Tastes Good art director.

Fine Scribbler by Copeland Holt

Painting by Copeland Holt. Image courtesy of Music Tastes Good.

Painter Copeland Holt’s work is about as Long Beachesque as it gets. You can catch him outside behind his easel working on vibrant, painterly skylines of the city’s most notable buildings far away from the confines of a studio.

“Earlier in my career I’d lock myself in my studio and get a little too lost in my own head,” Holt stated. “It started to become unhealthy. Now I really enjoy painting out in public whether Downtown or near the beach meeting people I’d never meet otherwise.”

He prefers to paint in public and his participation at MTG will be no exception. Holt will be live painting during the festival, so make sure to catch a glimpse of his process as you make your way to and from performances.

Learn more about the artist on Instagram @copeland_holt.

Orchestra Typhoon by KATBING

Past works for Music Tastes Good by KATBING.

This is artist Katherine Bingley’s (KATBING) third year designing an installation for Music Tastes Good. You may recognize her work from the previous festivals, which included larger-than-life-size hand sculptures holding up the signs for peace, love and rock n’ roll and a box mural inspired by song lyrics.

Her artwork this year is inspired by an “Orchestra Typhoon” that plays off the festival’s port cities theme. So what happens when “a Music Tastes Good orchestra with a whole lotta color” is hit with a whirling force of nature? You’ll just have to wait and see.

Learn more about the artist on Instagram @katbingart and via her website here.

Live with Good Fortune by Bodeck Hernandez and Joon the Goon

Artist Bodeck Hernandez working on a mural in Long Beach while InspiredLBC founder Josh Garcia looks on. Photo courtesy of Music Tastes Good.

Brought together by the art-forward media company InspiredLBC, artists Bodeck Hernandez and Joon the Goon have created an installation inspired by living life to the fullest and Filipino folklore believed to bring good fortune. Both have painted murals for POW! WOW! Long Beach and continue to elevate the local art scene with their impactful paintings and illustrations.

“In this piece they wish good fortune to all musicians, artists and everyone involved with Music Tastes Good,” said InspiredLBC founder Josh Garcia.

Learn more about the artists on Instagram @joon_the_goon and @bodeckhernandezart.

Josh’s Mixtape by Jonelle Holden and Corey Wolford

These two designers collaborate on large-scale installations with the intent to bring communities together with visual art. You may remember their gigantic mixtape from last year, honoring late MTG founder Joshua Fischel. This year, “Josh’s Mixtape” will be back with Vol. 3.

“I wanted to create an ode to the late MTG founder Joshua Fischel, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working on several productions in RIOTstage; to create shade (which is so needed at festivals) and a meet up point for people during the festival; to bridge all the generations through stories of the mixtape and the memories and emotions that songs invoke,” Holden stated.

Learn more about the artists on Instagram @jococreative.

Rock Altar by C. Dolim

Past work by C. Dolim. Photo courtesy of Music Tastes Good.

A self-described “nonbinary ne’er do well who creates visual magic for the queer kind,” Dolim is a Long Beach-based artist dedicated to creating spaces for the LGBTQ+ community, including hosting a monthly queer night for artists and musicians.

For MTG, Dolim created an altar “from another world” displaying a branch- and moss-covered nod to the hearts and souls of musical past.

Learn more about the artist on Instagram @cdolim.art.

Music Tastes Good takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green Park. Check out the website here for more info.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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