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JOHANNES GIRARDONI : OFF AND ON

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Published on Sep 5, 2013

Film by Eric Minh Swenson

Nye + Brown is pleased to announce Off and On, a solo exhibition with
Johannes Girardoni. This is the artist's first exhibition with the gallery.

Our eyes, consisting of rod and cone cells in the retina allow conscious light
perception and vision including color differentiation and the perception of
depth. The human eye can distinguish about ten million colors. This seems
impressive until you consider Raptors, such as hawks and eagles that have the equivalent of night vision seeking the heat of their prey, and far superior to the humans' in every way.

The Perceptualists like Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Doug Wheeler have, for five decades created art that tests the eye's limitations, strengthening our resolve to an 11th million spectrum of color and spacial perception. They have acted as stern wrap on the knuckles by a strict schoolmaster trying to rally a student's wandering focus.

Girardoni takes a more sympathetic approach, through the transformation of
light waves in to sound waves in his light installations; turning the viewer's ears in to eyes, essentially augmenting the deficient human eye with a new partner. The show will consist of two interactive light and sound installations, inhabiting the east and west gallery spaces. Having developed a proprietary process of sonification in which he translates light into sound, Girardoni uses this technology to radically divergent ends. Dispersed throughout the day lit east gallery, Chromasonic Field-Blue/Green is a series of semi-translucent cast resin beams. They are illuminated from within by high frequency LED's, projecting artificial light as well as allowing the surrounding natural light to pass through. The installation is outfitted with sensors calibrated to measure the specific color frequency emanating from the resin as well as the ambient light. The sensors drive a tone generator, which converts the light information to sound, essentially making light audible. These sensors also register the presence of the viewer moving through the space, which further modulates the sound. The boundaries between natural and digital phenomena are blurred in a
field of luminous sound. In the west gallery, Metaspace V2 is a monumental sculpture in which visitors are invited to enter and participate in an immersive color-soundscape based on the frequencies captured by embedded sensors. As in Chromasonic Field- Blue/Green, the sensors respond to the presence of bodies, creating a feedback loop between visitor and work as the environment continually evolves. A raw aluminum shell provides the framework for the sculpture's seamless interior, the curvilinear form scattering the colored light inside. Girardoni's Spectro-Sonic Refrequencers convert the light waves provided by a lens at the top of the sculpture into sound vibrations that shift as the light conditions change, which is also effected by movement within the space. Metaspace V2 is a space about space. It challenges our understanding of space and perception, questioning the border between the organic and the artificial
in our increasingly technologically driven existence. Girardoni was driven to rigorously investigate these ideas
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :www.thuvanarts.com

ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1

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