Edreys Wajed challenges us to take the stairs and seek change.

Stop waiting on elevators and break the ‘WOE Cycle.’ Make something happen: be the change. Edreys Wajed’s story and message about driving destiny resonates strongly with the re-emerging city of Buffalo, inspiring all of us to actively pursue change, not wait for it.

About the speaker

Edreys Wajed‘s art has always held a clean and linear graphic quality, typically consisting of black-and-white line-based drawings. Long and continuous lines, streams of conscious and zen on paper and sparse, choppy tally marks paired in bunches. This style served as the base for both abstract, non-figurative as well as fully realized figurative and portrait drawings.

As he’s transitioned through various artistic and creative means of expression, he has also evolved and expounded on visual art exploration, reclaiming his passion for music and performance, pairing it seamlessly into his latest paintings, which still incorporate line as the main element. The quality of lines vary, as each type of marking denotes a specific musical instrument or sound and its movement, uniquely interpreting music onto canvas or paper. Drawing sound. He’s developed a system and unique musical notation incorporating layers of colors, text, line, and what can be read or looked at as an urban or street art version of chart or sheet music.

Edreys’s creative process begins by selecting a song that he has a connection with emotionally or association with from memories throughout his life: past and current. The song is played on repeat for several minutes, sometimes hours if necessary, as this begins the study of the song, its parts, vocals and instruments. He isolates each component of the song, piece by piece, translating its sound, movement, and rhythm through the use of the symbols and marks he’s developed, creating a painting or drawing that radiates music to the eye, sparking the imagination of the viewer to imagine the unfamiliar or recall the song from memories and experiences of their own.

Each painting stands as a visual representation of the audio recording and song itself with emotion, bounce, and vibration.

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