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Ellen Hackl Fagan
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Doremi_Musicians-L, 2012, ink, gouache, rag paper

2012

$800

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ColorSoundGrammar Ellen Hackl Fagan There is a long history of sound/color synaesthesia work, from Isaac Newton’s color organ to Alexander Scriabin’s “Prometheus,” but not much work on color to sound synaesthesia. As a painter, it seems natural to ask whether colors have aural equivalents. Can these relationships be identified and used in a way that an audience can understand and enjoy? Can the experience of this blended language affect one's daily life? Research suggests synaesthesia is a latent human capacity. Fagan's goal is to find ways for people to (re-)discover and use it to extend their experiential language. These artistic questions have been the subject of three ongoing projects: the ColorSoundGrammar Game, the Reverse Color Organ, and Community Sing. The ColorSoundGrammar Game The ColorSoundGrammar Game (CSGG) is a sound-to-color matching exercise. Participants match colors to the notes of a (Western) musical scale or the ABC Song melody. Over 600 people have made color-sound maps since 2007. Photos of the precise color maps inform my color palettes when painting as well as provide CSGG data for tracking aural equivalents to color. Ellen Hackl Fagan's paintings pair sounds in very primary musical compositions, to colors, through crowd sourced information gathered from her ColorSoundGrammar Game installations. These visualizations of the Do Re Mi musical scale, or the ABC Song double as a form of portraiture, depicting an individual’s color-sound map. The image to sound association is enhanced in the paintings by adding motifs, such as solid shapes, to depict the substantive quality of a note's sound. Doremi_Musicians-L was created from data gathered from ColorSoundGrammar Game results in 2012. The 8 sides became the the structure for the musical scale, in paper. Ellen Hackl Fagan is the inventor of The Reverse Color Organ and The ColorSoundGrammar Game, two projects that enable viewers to synaesthetically explore the sound of colors. She also is the owner of ODETTA gallery, in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Interdisciplinary Media in 2005 from Hartford Art School, CT. In 2004, Fagan became a RADIUS artist through the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and received a grant through the Stamford Museum & Nature Center for her Reverse Color Organ project. Fagan exhibits her work extensively throughout New England and New York City.

Details

  • Creator
    Ellen Hackl Fagan (1960, American)
  • Creation Year
    2012
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
    This painting is unframed. It can be floated/suspended on the wall w/simple brads or dressmakers pins. If framed, it should be shadowboxed and floated in a white on white presentation at least 2 inches in depth.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1722704532

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About the Artist

Ellen Hackl Fagan

Ellen Hackl Fagan builds connections between color and sound using installations, interactive games, and collaborative projects that combine color-and-texture saturated paintings with music and digital technologies. Each installation invites viewers an opportunity to explore synaesthesia for themselves.

Balanced between randomness and intention, like jazz music, Fagan’s art continues to reveal limitless possibilities for improvisation. Saturation, accident, and the nature of the materials impose their own voice. Color seduces.

Blue is an invitation to get reckless.

Rich, powdery, dangerous, The Void.

Jumping off generates new information. Painting opens the door to life’s patterns. Echoing life’s chaotic beauty, her sources can be linked to pop music, Rimbault, Jungian psychology, the theory of correspondences, Minimalist and decorative art.

Fagan is the inventor of the Reverse Color Organ and the ColorSoundGrammar Game, two projects that enable viewers to interact aurally with color. In collaboration with web architect Joshie Fishbein, the Reverse Color Organ is a web app, downloadable to a smartphone, thus placing this synaesthetic tool into peoples’ hands to be used, not only to expand the language of color, but also as a crowd-sourced musical instrument.

Fagan exhibits her work extensively throughout New England and New York City. In 2014 she expanded her independent curatorial practice into a full-time business and is now the owner of ODETTA Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. There, she maintains her painting studio and is an active member of this vibrant arts community.

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(Biography provided by ODETTA Gallery)

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