GALLERY 151 is pleased to present SYNÆSTHESIA, a multisensory installation by New York-based photographer and filmmaker, Ashley G. Garner in collaboration with Wallplay.
The synesthesia phenomenon is traditionally thought to be a synaptic overlapping of senses; such as hearing color or associating sound with scent. Garner has synthesized dyes, influenced by color psychology, with symbolic flora to elucidate this phenomenon in viewers with a six-part video series featuring audio compositions by ALURIA. Solfeggio frequencies, an ancient six-tone musical scale speculated to have healing properties, are explored physically within the exhibition space.
Wallplay has created multi-sensory meditation stations for each of the six videos & audio compositions. Each video station features a still image and live flowers, paired with an essential oil blend & colored light that connects with a corresponding chakra. Participants are seated on meditation cushions and immersed in a symphony for the senses. The stations create a multidimensional path for participants to journey through Garner’s work.
Together, visitors can explore their inner world and entertain different states of consciousness while traveling through each tone in the Solfeggio scale. Wallplay’s installation design connects ALURIA’s healing Solfeggio compositions as a singular chorus, which can be experienced individually or fully when standing at the center of the gallery.
“The vastness of the universe and everything within it can be simplified as the output of energy by unique vibrational frequencies. Using techniques, such as brainwave entrainment, which “tunes” the brain to a specific frequency, it is theoretically possible to influence different states of consciousness.” -Ashley G. Garner
Exhibiting SYNÆSTHESIA in physical spaces will be an ongoing collaboration between Ashley G. Garner and Wallplay. Over the next year, the series will evolve and be scaled through collaborations with technology & wellness partners to reach a wide audience in mixed reality settings.
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About Ashley G. Garner
Garner’s conceptual work is a balance between structured forms and poetic rebellion, dancing among conversations stretching from the social to the metaphysical world. While growing up in the foothills of North Carolina, an adoration with fantasy and the sublime were bred. Themes of duality, mythology, and transcendental symbolism tie her wide variety of subjects together. Often collaborating with sound engineers, figure models, dancers, florists, and body painters, her work aims to bridge the fine art market, high luxury, and editorial.
Juan Correa Lopez is ALURIA. His musical practice blends electronic soul, progressive ambiance, and techno elements. Family, friends, nature, sound, poetry, photography, and artist collaborations all aid in developing expressive structures and landscapes. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, he focuses on evolving his Argentinian roots and futuristic sound design to deliver ambiance at a binaural state.
SYNÆSTHESIA is on view to the public through September, 8th 2017
Monday - Saturday 11-6pm
Gallery 151, 245 West 14th Street, New York City
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SYNÆSTHESIA at Gallery 151 is made possible by the generous support of
Alfa DM & Michael Namer