I was excited when Donnie Felton of Good Behavior Records approached me with the idea of producing music events in the gallery area of Indy Hall. We have had great success with past visual fine art gallery openings such as my solo show The Essence of Life and Line (Film, Opening Photos & Recap), a massive group show Music Inspiring Art (MIA) (view catalog here), Mike Jackson‘s Fast for a Catcher and most recently Yadira Torres‘s, Exposed Reflections.
Now it’s time to bring another form of art to the Arts at Indy Hall. With music as the highlight and visual art to back it up I couldn’t see how this would not be an incredible experience. On June 8th, that thought proved to be true. With hundreds of people walking through the door, I couldn’t help to be overwhelmed with the response and constant thank you for providing this as a venue to come together and enjoy this collaboration of artists. A Synesthesia.
Being a visual artist and producing events with artist, Mike Jackson, this gave us the opportunity to collaborate on the show’s visuals and showcase our work along side the work of the Indy Hall Arts Community. Below is the show’s flyer that we produced together. The “Grubby Rabbit” illustration is an intense collaboration where there is not one piece of this image where Mike or I did not touch. He inked my drawing and I inked his.
We now collaborate with the musicians that are performing. More on SSS after the poster.
Wikipedia defines synesthesia as “a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.” It’s 2013 – we cite Wikipedia, now.
The human brain is a complex system, an almost incomprehensible network of electrical impulses, chemical reactions, neuronal pathways, and synaptic transmissions. In aggregate, these processes generate what we experience as consciousness.
To a certain extent, a community functions in an analogous way: many independent parts that, if properly interconnected, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, creating an experience that invigorates, energizes, stimulates and sustains the individuals that participate. The obvious difference, of course, is that while different components of a neurological system are involuntary, a community requires voluntary participation. A community must be desired and cultivated.
This is a core value for both Indy Hall and Good Behavior, one that we regard as the backbone of our collaborative Second Saturday Synesthesia Series (if that’s a slightly overbearing alliteration, we promise we’ll make up for it with spectacular live music and visual art). SSS, a curated audio-visual music series, aligns detached enclaves of the Philadelphia arts scene and results in a more cohesive community by fostering collaboration across various creative medias. It’s also a damn good time with friends.
SSS began on June 8th.
SSS begins with you.