verb [ trans. ]
1. To rouse to activity or heightened action
2. To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or part)
3. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant
One of the fundamental functions of art, whether it’s brought to life in the form of a painting, installation, or performance, is to stimulate the physical senses of all who witness it. With music, it’s auditory. With visual art, it’s optical. You get the point. Regardless of the form, it invokes a reaction. When done right, that reaction is powerful.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to an art show in SoHo by my homie Gogy, who was presenting, what he called, “a photo show” that he’d created in conjunction with NY-based creative team Nikolai Rose. Well, it’s safe to say that his use of the term “photo show” was a huge understatement. With themes of darkness and evanescence, this installation/photo exhibit/EXPERIENCE was titled El Vacío and incorporated a number of different, yet connected elements to stimulate the senses.
[sight]: El Vacío featured an interesting selection of images taken via Gogy’s BlackBerry that were cast out throughout the installation space by light projectors
[sound]: a special audio soundtrack was created with the help of Physical Therapy to accompany the projected visuals
[smell]: Gogy & the crew created a one-of-a-kind set of scented candles that were lit and placed throughout the room
[touch]: a maze of hanging fabric filled the room, offering a screen of sorts for the lights throughout the space
[taste]: okay… you couldn’t eat anything, but there were drinks downstairs!
I met Gogy last summer in the barber’s chair back when he used to cut for the Blind Barber. As we engaged in the typical barbershop banter, he told me about some of his work as a photographer and I’m glad that I finally got to check out his work. Needless to say, it was an artistic experience that I certainly won’t forget anytime soon.