Levente Sulyok, modern art, contemporary art, contemporary painting, contemporary american painting, contemporary hungarian art, contemporary hungarian painting, conceptual painting
2007-present POD PAD experiments  

Forming the Sound of Color 22"x22"x22" (each table) modified LACK table, pigment blocks, sound 2015


This installation was also commissioned for the 1st Asuncion Biennial. It is based on a month-long research project centered on the relationship between color, sound, and form. In general, my work takes images and text from commercial contexts and manipulates their power through various acts of translation. Here, all rhetorical information is reduced to primary and secondary colors. The colors are then further reduced to waveform and translated into something even more abstract: SOUND. If on a primary level the world is an aesthetic phenomenon, all of its objects can be reduced to the sensation of color and sound. All else relies on interpretation through language and enters the realm of the political.

Process: I simply started with the 6 primary and secondary colors. Because color is essentially light that can be expressed in waveform, the graphic expression of each color can be converted into its corresponding sound by stretching the visible color spectrum onto the audible spectrum of sound. Additionally, colors are expressed in form as blocks of tinted and cast plaster. I used the waveheight/wavelength ratio on each color's graph as the height/dept ratio for its corresponding block of pigment. In the resulting installation, each color is expressed in a specific form accompanied by its on sound equivalent.