Synaesthesia – a painting show opens April 9 – June 4 2016
April 9th – June 4th 2016 Opens April 9th 2-4pm
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Five Car Garage is pleased to present SYNAESTHESIA, a painting show featuring twelve Los Angeles based artists. Synesthesia is a condition which produces a co- mingling of the senses, often due to cross-wiring in the brain. Stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes. Synesthesia experiences can sometimes be akin to psychedelic states produces an array of experiences including changes of perception such as altered states of awareness or focused consciousness, variation in thought patterns, trance or hypnotic states, mystical states, and other mind revealing alterations.
As it happens, Five Car Garage is a synesthete (of the mild variety), particularly
with sound and image. So our attempt here is to bring together a grouping of 2- dimensional works that provoke or inspire a synesthetic experience in the viewer. The artists in the show are not necessarily synesthetes, but many share an interest in how shape, color, word, mark, sound, vibration and paint coalesce to create a single work of art. Artists include: Kyla Hansen, Steve Roden, Paul Waddell, Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Aster, John Seal, Zachary Harris, Jennifer Sullivan, Max Jansons, Justin Hansch, Max Maslansky and Marcos Lutyens.
Lutyens, an artist who explores consciousness and works with hypnosis as part of his practice, will show a work on paper recently created for the Istanbul Biennial and has also invited 1+1= 3 to collaborate with him on the 24th of April at Five Car Garage. In this performance we will ask the question who is in control – the body or the mind, the musician or the instrument, the artist or the music? They will do so using sound controlled by the signals of the body. Per Huttner will be connected to the EEGSynth which in turn will be connected to instruments controlled by Jean-Louis Huhta. The group will measure Per’s brain activity while he is hypnotised by Marcos Lutyens. The induction will impact Huttner’s mental and biophysical states and transform them into music. The music will also affect Huttner’s physical state creating intricate feedback loops between hypnotist, musician, and the hypnotised artist.