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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Noisy Paint Box:
A Sensory Experience for the Soul
By Katie McFadden
When you see a photo of raw
meat, can you taste it? Can you
hear the crowds roar in a col-
lage of a baseball stadium? Do
you smell fish when you see a
resin sculpture of one? That’s
the aim of Noisy Paint Box, the
Rockaway Artist Alliance’s lat-
est exhibit, which will make its
debut on Saturday, April 23 at
sTudio 7 in Fort Tilden.
Noisy Paint Box is designed
to give guests a unique senso-
ry experience with each piece.
The concept is inspired by
Wassily Kandinsky, one of the
world’s first abstract painters,
who was believed to have syn-
esthesia, causing his senses to
collide, allowing him to hear
colors and see sounds. The
exhibit name comes from the
children’s book “The Noisy
Paint Box,” which follows the
life of a young Kandinsky as
he realizes how swirling colors
could sound like a symphony.
When trying to establish a
theme for the RAA’s latest ex-
hibit,
co-curator
Gabrielle
Mangano said, “we wanted a
theme that could be open to
different interpretations and
we came across synesthesia.”
Co-curator Tracey Greene, a
pre-K teacher and one of the
gallery’s curators, had used
“The Noisy Paint Box” for a
lesson for her students. “The
book is about how Kandinsky
learned about synesthesia and
how it affected his art and how
he used both music and art co-
hesively to mold his career. I
thought it was very fitting for
what we were looking for and
figured if a 4-year-old could
understand this, the gener-
al public would too,” Greene
said. Greene, Gabrielle Man-
gano, Gabrielle’s brother, Jere-
my Mangano and James Dalid,
all creative locals who work as
counselors for RAA’s kidsmART
program, have been working
together since October to bring
the Noisy Paint Box to life.
The five-week show, which
begins with an opening re-
ception at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
April 23, will feature the work
of 35 artists and the exhibit will
be complemented by various
musical performances at night.
The mixed media exhibit, in-
cludes basics like acrylic paint-
ings and digital photography to
more complex things like col-
lage and sculptures. The art-
ists include locals and people
from other boroughs and even
states, who range from age 20
to 60. Some of the pieces are
brand new, while some older
ones flowed with the theme.
“We have a piece from 1974,
but it fits and we have stuff that
people built just for this theme,
so it’s really cool,” Gabrielle
Mangano said.
Music will also play a big role
in the Noisy Paint Box as part
of the theme. “It’s rare to go
to a gallery that has live mu-
sic because the serious vibe
doesn’t allow it, but RAA is
more laid back. There’s art on
the wall, but you can have a
beer and listen to some mu-
sic and it’s okay. If you have a
space where you canholdmusic
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