Exploring SOUND at the Mattress Factory on a snowy day proved to be fun and insightful! What sounds do we hear outside? What sounds do we hear inside? Why do artists use SOUND to create art? Mini-Factory used these questions to jump into the art of SOUND. By placing red pigment on top of two speakers, Rolf Julius’ Red helps the viewer see the vibrations of SOUND.
Next we explored Danny Bracken’s installation which is part of the exhibition Artists in Residence. This piece is perfect for exploring the senses- there's grass, rocks, and even a rainbow! Yet like so many of his pieces, there is a component of music which accompanies the visual and tactile experience. Students placed their hands over their ears to silence the SOUND in the gallery, and discused whether this made for any changes in how we approach the art.
Wrapping up our discussion in the galleries, students were led into the Education Studio where we played musical chairs with a twist – while various types of music played our young artists painted, when the music stopped, the painting stopped. How did the music influence your brush strokes? Your imagination? Not only were the kids bouncing their knees to the beat, but their painting changed with the contrasting music. SOUND can be very influential in how we approach making and viewing art.
Mini-Factory is a FREE interactive learning program for children ages 3 - 5 years old and their parents or caregivers. There is a limited space available so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Using contemporary installation art, parents and children will explore new ideas and concepts from the everyday world. Join us on February 28, 2015 from 10 - 11am to learn about SENSES.