Synesthesia for the Times
Ian McLaughlin is a Chicago-based hybrid artist whose painting and sound work explore how color, line and shape entice and stimulate the imagination.
The show,“Synesthesia for the Times,” is an affair of color and sound coming together, a call and response between the two. It plays with the idea that color and sound can enrich and bring vibrancy and wakefulness to our world. Using rhythms, layers and patterns, in both sounds and visuals, the show aims to provoke and weave the senses; to conjure a geographic landscape in the imagination of places and the spaces that can lullaby or wake us, seduce or jar us into the moment.
The show includes a sound collaboration by Tobias Kaemmerer and Ian McLaughlin.
Ian returned to Chicago three years ago after living and working at a meditation center in the rural Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado for four and half years. In 2002, he received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied painting and film. Prior to that he studied visual art at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.