The embedded music is currently unlocked and accessed via Arloopa, a free mobile application for iOS and Android devices that utilizes optical recognition technology to identify his works and allow those looking at his artwork to listen to each painting's corresponding musical score. Tankian's vision to utilize smartphone technology back in 2013 with his very own Eye For Sound app as the conduit to unlock the intertwined relationship of music and art was the first of its kind.
That was the same year his journey into the world of fine art began with his Disarming Time Musical Paintings. Since then, he has had multiple exhibitions at galleries in both the United States and New Zealand, including the grand opening of New Museum Los Gatos in Northern California, in an exhibit that ran through September of 2015. Tankian's first exhibit in New Zealand came during the Auckland White Nights Art Festival in March of 2015 with a group exhibit of Eye For Sound artists held at Wynyard Quarter Silo 6.
To date, he has created over 50 pieces of art, with most of them being paintings, while a few are sculptural works.
2019 has so far seen Tankian exhibiting works at 2 notable galleries in New Zealand, with shows held at The Vivian and Boyd-Dunlop Gallery that ran from February through March.
Artwork News Archive
Aug. 17, 2015 - Serj Creates Limited Archival Reproductions Of His Artwork
Aug. 7, 2015 - Serj Tankian and CANTSTOPGOODBOY Announce "Marbelized Words" Art Exhibit
May 27, 2015 - Eye For Sound Group Exhibit at New Museum Los Gatos
Mar. 22, 2015 - Rocker Serj Tankian From System of a Down Calls NZ Home, Discusses Art Exhibit In Auckland
Mar. 6, 2015 - Tankian Brings Eye For Sound, Group Exhibit To Auckland
Mar. 5, 2015 - 3 News In New Zealand Interviews Serj About The Eye For Sound Exhibit In Auckland
Dec. 6, 2013 - Upgrading The Dynamic of Art and Audience
Nov. 27, 2013 - Nylon Guys Interviews Serj About His 'Disarming Time' Paintings
Nov. 18, 2013 - Eye For Sound App Available For iOS and Android
Nov. 18, 2013 - Eye For Sound App Tutorial
Oct. 24, 2013 - Eye For Sound Presents: Disarming Time Musical Paintings By Serj Tankian
May 31, 2013 - Serj Tankian Brings Music + Art Together For Disarming Time Paintings
May 29, 2013 - Serj Tankian Launches 'Really Exciting' New Project: 'Disarming Time Musical Paintings'