Gallery 151 & Wallplay Present
The Soundwall Experience
When: Opening July 16th, 2014 6-9pm
On View: July 16-September 1, 2014 11am-6pm Tuesday-Friday
Where: Gallery 151, 132 West 18th Street NY, NY 10011
Ricky Aiello Jr., Joseph Arthur and Spencer Tunick, Mia Berg, Jordan Doner, Walker Fee, Fab 5 Freddy, Elliot Goldstein, Justin Jay, Matt Jones, Derek Reist, Carrie Mae Rose, Allan Tannenbaum (courtesy of Rock Paper Photo), Bradley Theodore, and Jay West
Michael Namer, founder of Gallery 151 & Laura O’Reilly, founder of Wallplay
Gallery 151 is pleased to announce Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience, a summer group exhibition in partnership with Soundwall that reaffirms music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression. Soundwall is customized, hand-crafted, framed artwork that hangs on the wall and plays music wirelessly. Using the Soundwall technology as a channel to explore the bond between sound and sight, each artist was asked to curate a song paired to their visual work.
Fred Brathwaite, also known as Fab 5 Freddy, has created an original piece for Gallery 151’s Inseparable exhibition. His vibrant, high energy “remixed” compositions have been exhibited around the world. In Fab 5 Freddy’s own words, “My abstract remix paintings were consciously conceived with a clear nod to the creative process that led to the development and creation of recorded hip hop music, which also is key in the development of the musical concept of the remix.”
Painter and musician Joseph Arthur and photographer Spencer Tunick are collaborating on a work which draws from a series they debuted last summer in La Cieneguita, Mexico. Arthur will paint on one of Tunick’s photographs of 15 women who posed nude on a rooftop in Redhook, Brooklyn. With Arthur’s music playing from the print, the Soundwall technology allows the collaboration to come even further to life as an audio-visual project. Following the acclaim for his new album Lou, Arthur’s song selection is highly anticipated. Rolling Stone calls the acoustic album “a moving tribute to Lou Reed.”
Painters in the exhibition Matt Jones, Jay West, Walker Fee, Ricky Aiello Jr., Derek Reist and Bradley Theodore were asked to choose a song that inspired their work or played a part in the artistic process. The resulting works range from the figurative to abstract. Photographers Justin Jay, Mia Berg, Elliot Goldstein, Jordan Doner and Allan Tannenbaum paired songs to their prints, providing a voice to their images. The photographic prints take on new life with audio pulsing through them. Carrie Mae Rose contributed a digital design that reprises her exploration of the tetrahedron, which she first incorporated into her 3D-printed wearable “Wings” series that first debuted at Eyebeam.
Beginning July 16th, each piece of art will be featured on the capsule site, experience.soundwall.co. As you scroll over each artwork, the song that the artist curated for his or her piece will play, creating a hybrid virtual Soundwall experience.
The private opening reception will take place July 16th and will be open to the public until September 1st 11am-6pm at Gallery 151 in Chelsea.
Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience is a hybrid art, music & tech series featuring artist collaborations, exhibitions and events that seamlessly integrate art and music like never before. For more information visit: experience.soundwall.co
About Soundwall: Simple. Beautiful. Sound.
SIMPLE TO USE: Soundwall streams music wirelessly from your iPhone, Android, Sonos and more. Soundwall is thin, light and easy to hang on your wall. Simply plug Soundwall into a power outlet and it connects to your WiFi network.
BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK: You choose: Gallery, Print or Paint. Our gallery contains many beautiful images we have selected for your home or office. We can also custom print any image you supply. Paint directly onto a blank Soundwall to create original artwork.
HI-FIDELITY SOUND: Soundwall creates hi-fidelity sound from its sophisticated distributed mode speaker system. The entire surface of the Soundwall is the speaker. Your Soundwall contains a built-in computer and an amplifier to deliver an amazingly powerful and flexible sound system that is light enough to hang on your wall. Every Soundwall is handcrafted and individually tested in our Boulder, Colorado studio to ensure the highest quality.
For more information on Soundwall visit www.soundwall.co
About Gallery 151
The mission of Gallery 151 is to support emerging New York-based artists and provide a platform for their talent to be recognized by the public.
Gallery 151 is the original premier pop-up gallery in New York City, now permanently located in Chelsea on West 18th Street. The first show at Gallery 151 was hosted by Fab 5 Freddy in December of 2007. This exhibit unveiled a collaborative wall of graffiti discovered during the renovation of 151 Wooster by Michael Namer, downtown developer and owner of the building at the time. One of the former residents of the building was Edit DeAK, who in the late 70′s and early 80′s allowed young artists to “tag” a wall in her loft – some of these “young artists” were Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Francesco Clemente, Futura 2000, Ero, Nesto, Koor and Johnny Dynell (among others). This graffiti wall was preserved over decades and finally uncovered during construction.
Michael Namer immediately recognized the significance of this “holy grail” of graffiti and founded Gallery 151 so that the “151 Wild Style Wall” could be viewed along-side other works by artists of the same period (such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ero, and Koor). The success and popularity of the exhibit led to subsequent requests for exhibits by other artists, and the momentum from the first show in 2007 has continued through the present day. Gallery 151 is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Namer’s company ALFA Development and current building development project Village Green West & 199 Mott.
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Wallplay is a hybrid global art exhibition platform and creative agency. Founded in 2013 by curator Laura O’Reilly, Wallplay breaks down walls between creative industries by providing physical and virtual space for exhibitions to launch, evolve and travel. Wallplay is lead by a team of transmedia storytellers who activate, document and curate art campaigns and experiences that don’t fit into a box.
www.wallplay.com #wallplay @wallplayground