Word: Play with Samuel Jablon
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway gets crossed, causing you to smell a word or hear a color. Word:Play, a new body of work by Samuel Jablon isn’t exactly poetry, painting or sculpture: it is a crossing of senses that opens a new way of seeing. Now on view at Freight+Volume in Chelsea, this exhibition presents a very strong collection of paintings of all sizes, colors, and textures.
Lifecycle, 2014, acrylic, glass tile, dichroic glass, and fused glass on wood
Beckett, 2014, Acrylic, glass tile, mirror, fused glass, 24k gold tile on wood
His work, often talked about as visual poems, is a collection of playful and almost sarcastic text, complimented by a rich texture of acrylic paint. Literally protruding from the canvas, the painted letters look good enough to touch, smell, or even lick. Just like frosting on your last birthday cake, they come in tasty colors and give credence to that synesthetic experience. The secret behind Jablon’s language comes from a mix and match of his own poetry, and those words appropriated from his idols. They reveal themselves, and often the process behind them.