M.P. Landis (Born in 1965) moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1996 after living in Provincetown, MA year-round for eight years. Since then, his work has become less dependent on the figure and more poetic and open. His current work is a palimpsest of direct inspiration such as music (often avant-garde jazz), poetry, nature, and the process and emotions of everyday experience.
Collaboration is another significant component of Landis's art. He has painted on stage with musicians, dancers, and poets from the New York jazz scene. His visual collaborations include projects and appearances with musicians Tom Abbs, Borah Bergman, Daniel Carter, Billy Bang, Steve Swell, Okkyung Lee, Marc Edwards, Sabir Mateen, and Roy Campbell. His paintings and photographs have been used for various CD releases and poetry books. He is also involved in ongoing collaborations via the U.S. Postal Service with visual artists Paul Bowen and Bert Yarborough and with poet Nick Flynn, among others.
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