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SYNAESTHESIA : what does color smell like?


Beau Rhee, artist & founder of NYC based Atelier de Geste (Studio of Gesture) has synesthesia, usually triggered by live music, which means that she experiences sound through color, smell and taste. In her work, Rhee explores the body in space through movement, drawing, installation, and often uses the color blue in her work. During her visit to Practice Space, she will be giving an artist talk on how color, in particular blue, forms her art practice, specifically objects like her “colorist scent” Blues.

For Rhee, working under a studio name shows the imperative for collaborative work. Requiring others, forming an ensemble: social work both in choreography / performance, and also in the production and design. The making of work is a political act: labor, materials, relationships. The necessity to create impact, no matter how small, a utopia. Education and workshops are an important part of the studio practice. The studio has recently shown work at Bard Gradute Center Gallery, Kaaitheater Brussels, MoMA/PS1, NYC Design Week/Sight Unseen, the Hammer Museum LA, Baryshnikov Arts Center, White Box NY, Maison Blanche de le Corbusier, Kunsthaus Baselland. ADG has been featured in publications such as British Vogue and Coolhunting, and was an Art & Olfaction Award Finalist in both 2014 & 2017.