- ALREADY HAPPENED:
Jonny Detiger Amplified Space
January 12 - February 9
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project Presents
A Kaleidoscope Installation for the Senses
Exploring how art interacts with space and how this interaction can yield surprising, unexpected gifts, Howl! Happening is pleased to present artist and designer Jonny Detiger’s Amplified Space. Detiger’s work celebrates life and joyfully bridges the gap between the mundane and the sublime. For this show at Howl!, Detiger constructs a colorful walk-in environment in constant flux where the viewer is invited to participate, interact, and influence their changing surroundings.
Resonating with Howl! Happening’s connection with the music scene and Allen Kaprow’s sense of communal play, Detiger’s exhibition and installation consists of three multicolored Plexiglas sculptural spaces that produce a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes, as well as independent, interactive art works within these walls. Viewers may enter at different points in the installation and be enveloped by a kaleidoscope of optical and color combinations. These subtle nuances influence the perception and feeling of space—the “vibe” if you will—as the viewer actively participates in the variable nature of the work.
“I am an artist and designer who through my work have always explored the understanding and communication of the human condition of happiness,” says Detiger. “Using color, sound, smell and shape, I design living interactive art environments with the aim of heightening this positive state of mind.”
Among the works contained in the kaleidoscopic walk-in sculptures is Boom Boom Box, a sound installation with four individual seats that activate loops randomly generated by sitting on a chair. Sounds and beats create unique compositions depending on where, when and with whom the viewer is sitting. Love Shower is a wall mounted, metallic sculpture connected with a seat containing a speaker that plays “Love to Love You Baby” and showers the participant with aromatic bubbles infused with the essence of a Hawaiian flower known in folklore for its power to induce happiness. The visually dazzling Spin-O-Rama is a series of kinetic light sculptures that produce hypnotic, mesmerizing patterns. Drum n’ Bass, an interactive video projection, has one screen displaying a drummer in front while the opposite features a bass player. When a viewer approaches the screen of the drummer or the bass player, they will start playing. One musician or both can play at the same time until the viewer retreats.
Focused on a comprehensive visual and aural immersive experience, the viewer becomes an integral partner in creation of the work as they activate and direct the action, progressing through the encompassing, interactive, emotionally bright and engaging works.
Detiger grew up in Holland and attended school in Switzerland before studying business and economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the London School of Economics and Political Science. His signature style of intricate art and mixed media sculpture explores human interaction through a kaleidoscope of iconic imagery, text, color and light. His furniture designs have won critical acclaim for postmodern excellence and have been featured in design books and international design magazines.
“Art, fashion, design and music have always been an integral part of my life and art,” says Detiger. “I move freely between these disciplines and create projects of ‘living art’ environments that incorporate sound, smell, design and color. Happiness, humor and positivity are common themes that run through all of my work.”