In 2013, I curated the exhibit Colorful Textures: Synaesthesia in Art, which took place at the Rubin Frankel Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. I submitted proposals for two site-specific installations at the show that were accepted by the other judges.
The first installation, “Touch me. Taste me,” included 10 shadowbox sculptures arranged on their own wall above a pedestal that displayed three up-cycled jars full of candy. All of these vessels were spilling with hand-painted toy animals that were shellacked so the audience could touch the pieces without fear of being yelled at by a gallery attendant or security guard. The jars were full of colorful candy that viewers were encouraged to eat.
The second installation consisted of a tedious paint chip collage that lined the interior of the archway leading into the exhibition. I only collaged the colorful portions of the paint chips and the food-related titles: raspberry red, banana cream, forest smoothie, etc. I had played with tasty titled paint chips months before writing the curatorial proposal, which is how I came up with the theme, so it was fitting that these collages led the viewers into the gallery.
The wall text read:
Synaesthesia is a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Different textures, shapes, colors and lines can create a more vivid experience for people who experience synaesthesia yet applies to everyone’s experience of art in how highly textural, colorful pieces leave an imprint on our minds. These engaging works of art remind us that art can be an escape from reality, and that highly textural, synaesthetic artwork can lead us to fully experience this escape. Colorful Textures, a selection of works by students from around the Boston Metro area, represents the antithesis of tedious, theoretical and academic work.
Jurors: Pat Falco, Co-Director of the Lincoln Arts Project
Courtney Moy, Independent Artist and Printmaker
Holland Dieringer, Director of the Rubin-Frankel Gallery
Gabrielle Peck, Student Committee for the Arts