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'The Color of Blind' To Tantalize The Four Other Senses


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"The Color of Blind" returns for its third Contemporary Art Month multi-sensory art show. The exhibit, which takes place at Brick at Blue Star this weekend, taps into four of the senses to bring art specifically to the visually impaired community. The show has been a dream of local artist Trina Bacon.

"I feel it's essential to bring the arts to the visually impaired community, so that they may experience individual art pieces using their other senses," said Bacon in a press release.

"Blind" puts into perspective of how art could be a different and exciting experience when you only focus on the texture and scent. That is why Bacon insists attendees touch and smell the artwork to garner a full interactive experience with the art. In doing show the "viewer" discovers exactly what the artist is trying to convey with their pieces. Over 40 local artist will be showcased in this year's show, including Cat Quintania, Charles Ingram, James Heatherington,Cody Vance, Susan Budge, Oscar Saenz 111, and  Daniela Riojas, who is also known for her band Femina-X.
Last year's show at the Mercury Gallery offered art work from dozens of local talent. Artists had been expected to present their art work with the awareness that they needed to think beyond of what the eyes could see. In last year's exhibition, Riojas'  "Amniiscience" installation presented a multi-sensory installation that represented the environment of the womb from the perspective of the fetus. Strings used in the work ultimately represented the veins that carry the blood vessels, and the different nuances such as the lullaby chimes and the heartbeat developed the world of what it is like to be suspended in amniotic fluid. It will be a treat to anticipate what Riojas and the other 40 plus artist will be displaying in this year's show.

Speaking of treats, some pretty amazing and cutting edge software that will generate a basic portrait into a tactile one. The software, which was first incorporated into "The Color of Blind" last year, was developed by Baoxin Li, of Arizona State University. The technology allows people with visual impairments to be able to participate in important moments during the exhibit in a manner that is similar to the seeing population. This innovation will take time to hit the commercial realm since it is still pretty fresh, so in the meantime be sure to check it out at the show.
"Someday I would like to see San Antonio invest in having the first art museum for the visually impaired in the United States," Bacon said in a press release. The future is to provide everyone with a valuable experience, and to be inclusive in all regards. Rest assure that this could be coming to San Antonio sooner than we expect, as we are finding ways to accommodate to our populations that have some sort of disability. One example is the opening of Morgan's Wonderland, which was groundbreaking when it opened back in 2010. The San Antonio Museum of Art held an event that allowed those with visual impairment to experience some of the artwork in its collection last year. It is important that everyone is included in the fun, whether it would be theme parks or cultural events, such as "The Color of Blind," which is groundbreaking in it's own right.

"The Color of Blind"
Free,  Saturday March 21, 6pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Bluestar,

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