Driven by talent, creativity, versatility, and experience, Robert Lundberg has become a well-regarded photographer and filmmaker, known for his artful documentaries covering the spectrum of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his youth in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he could more seriously pursue a full-time career in art and film. A man who craves the prospect of new challenges, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most challenging projects earlier this year with the new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors in an effort to gain insight into their creative processes which can only be fully deciphered by going behind the scenes. The main goal of the series is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar social and private interactions with artists and performers. These features are most often overly edited, capturing only certain moments that are often heavily vetted by the producers in charge. But that’s not how Lundberg likes to operate within his creative space. His primary aim is to bring you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would not otherwise get the chance to experience and enjoy.
Arriving just in time for the formal beginning to fall, Lundberg is back again with episode #16 of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews featuring artist Kevin Gilmore. Gilmore is an exceptionally gifted interdisciplinary artist, experienced as a painter, experimental sound composer and educator. Often artists work best within one particular medium, but Gilmore excels in many areas, particularly as an abstract visual artist, working with collage, acrylic, and oils.
Raised in Rhode Island, Gilmore has always had an appreciation for diverse landscapes which inspired him to spend over a decade exploring the terrain of locations as varied as Wyoming, Oregon, Italy, and Brooklyn, New York. He uses sound as a medium with a knack for composing experimental soundscapes from field recordings, acousmatics through contact microphones, digital instruments and analogue synthesizers. As a teacher, Gilmore has led workshops and taught undergraduate art classes in several different universities. After a stint in New York City, he now calls Rhode Island home again and operates his own interdisciplinary art practice located close to the beauty and mystique of the sea.
With some words about Gilmore and their conversation, Lundberg commented, “Kevin Gilmore and I first met, backstage (after) The National show, Boston, Massachusetts, late 2019. It so happened I was there beforehand, documenting two fellows whom I’ve spoken within this framework that is the Uncontaminated Sound interview series, a Mr. Ben Lanz and Kyle Resnick, the very talented touring horn players for The National. Thus, I found myself backstage post-show, whence I met Kevin for the first time. Like any visual aficionados we immediately spoke the language of art, and I learned that Kevin explored not only the world of physical material but also the visceral realm of sound as well. Kevin had collaborated with Ben on a music video for his side project LANZ, a video entitled ‘125 BPM.’
Along with being an accomplished working artist, Kevin is also an active educator within the visual arts, teaching workshops in the likes of Rhode Island School of Design’s 2019 pre-college summer course Design Foundations/Drawing Majors: Urban Frottage, along with other programs from respectable arts organizations. In conversation 016, Kevin and I dive into the abstract, art education, music, and even ending in a mini studio tour.”
Lundberg has several more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be participants in Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.