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A Beautiful Affliction

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Those afflicted with the neurological condition synesthesia see the world in an isolated, but fascinating, dreamlike way. Words are assigned a color, image, taste or smell, thus attributing a flavor to the idea of dentistry or shading the word "coffee" in lavender. Competitive memorizers (yes, they exist) assert that the secret to their ability lies in voluntarily adopting these symptoms, turning words and numbers into objects placed in a position in an imaginary room or on a nonexistent street in the mind's eye so they can "walk" through the space, retracing their steps and remembering. In Synesthesia, photographer Rebecca Haas explores this surreal view of the world, melding sensory material to create photographs exploring an object or idea through this lens, and giving new life to those pieces with live music. The exhibition opens with a free reception tonight from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Art Dimensions (2720 Cherokee Street; 314-853-6257 or www.artdimensions.org).
Fri., July 6, 2012

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