Osvaldo Mariscotti
The Sound of Color

Osvaldo Mariscotti,  Color Symphony I , 2013, oil on canvas, 64 × 74 inches (162.6 × 188 cm) © Osvaldo Mariscotti 2016, courtesy Upsilon Gallery, New York. Photo by Caius Filimon, New York

Osvaldo Mariscotti, Color Symphony I, 2013, oil on canvas, 64 × 74 inches (162.6 × 188 cm) © Osvaldo Mariscotti 2016, courtesy Upsilon Gallery, New York. Photo by Caius Filimon, New York

"The Sound of Color," a new project by Osvaldo Mariscotti.

Now available at the artist's website: link.

Mariscotti's work possesses a musical quality unusual in most visual artwork. In an effort to highlight that unique quality the artist collaborated with a team of professional audio engineers to analyze specific works from his portfolio and create musical arrangements based on them. Each work was scanned to retrieve crucial information like color, shape height and placement. Colors were later converted to specific notes based on an original algorithm that looks at frequencies and wavelengths in the pure spectrum of light and matches those values to sounds. The "translation" has already been performed on a few works, the recordings being unique and something of a digital signature for their corresponding works.

The musical nature of Mariscotti's work was observed several years ago; however, this is the first attempt ever made to bridge the gap between the two distinct forms of art, painting and music. Still at an early stage of development, Mariscotti has high expectations for this new approach to his work and hopes the technological element will enhance the work by allowing him to create experiences that transcend the visual to become more. In other words, audio will complement the painting and elevate it to enable visitors to take part in a much deeper understanding of the work. In this case, the goal of the work is not necessarily to share an idea but to share an emotion, to share a feeling. Thus, when we talk about "deeper understanding" we actually mean deeper feeling.

Osvaldo Mariscotti's dedication to the interaction of form and color has led to a continued exploration of perception. He takes over the most basic elements of Suprematist art, the straight line and the square, a choice that reflects the emphasis he places on the shapes produced by man rather than those existing in nature. His works are very significant, made from the decomposition of figures such as the rectangle, which is then decomposed into its essential colored lines on a black background. Mariscotti's search puts him in the context of geometric conceptualism: that reality of thought that holds figuration as malaise and searches for synthesis, as a model to pursue. His art examines the "non reality" and breaks it down into geometric shapes, to arrive at the development of a new code.

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