Experiences In The 22nd Dimension descends upon Sky High Gallery
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Tucked into the back of the Sky High skate shop, run by Aaron Polansky, you will find Sky High Gallery, run by Faythe Levine. This small space that used to be a storage room filled with shoes now sees far more than its fair share of interesting artists that Levine has craftily lured from different corners of the U.S. This time is no different: Levine has invited Corinne Loperfido and Andrew Schrock from New Orleans to install Experiences In The 22nd Dimension, where viewers are transported into the temple of two androgynous deities to help facilitate a deeper connection between our consciousness and our physical bodies.
Inspired by the exploration of the full spectrum of the human senses through costume design, photography, projections, and ornate sculptural and fiber installation, these deities have come to share their knowledge and practices with our society because they feel we have become disconnected from the way we relate to our bodies and to each other.
“We created these two deities of the 22nd Dimension based on the I Ching and the number 22, which signifies the usefulness of aesthetic thinking and creation,” Schrock explains.
Loperfido offers a more detailed explanation. “The idea behind the number 22 and the I Ching explains how objects are more valuable because they are visually exciting. Part of installation art is that a lot of times viewers aren’t going to get what it’s all about, and sometimes artists don’t actually have a purpose, and we aren’t trying to say anything grand besides ‘Isn’t it cool? Doesn’t it make you feel awesome to be inside it?’ Because if you aren’t trying to sell it and you aren’t trying to convince anyone of your ideology and your service is to provide an experience to someone, then really all it has to be is aesthetically beautiful. If someone can appreciate that then it is still worth something. It’s basically the opposite of conceptual art.”
“It then connects you to an emotional way of being with the world and makes you aware of how beauty can make you feel things,” Schrock adds.
Loperfido and Schrock rolled into town in their school bus that they modified into both living quarters for life on the road as well as compartments to transport tools and ephemera thrifted and collected from dumpsters along the way. Since they arrived a week ago, they have been busy transforming the interior of the gallery into a space that will evoke their artistic adventure, but also give the viewer an experience that is unparalleled.
“I think that part of why we travel is to show people in other cities that you can do your freak shit and everyone should be able to do whatever weird thing they want and there shouldn’t be regulations or judgment passed,” Loperfido says. “Do a thing that makes you uncomfortable—and we hope we will be able to make people uncomfortable in a way. I think that a healthy amount of not knowing what is going to happen is good.”
Experiences In The 22nd Dimension opens Friday, August 2nd at Sky High Gallery in Bay View. The opening party will be from 7-11 p.m. and the artists will be in attendance.