November 15 - December 20, 2008
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Rain Field by Jake Lee-High is an interactive sound, olfactory, and light installation that generates weather systems within a 12-foot by 12-foot area in relation to the movement of the observer. Through 117 separate audio channels, the piece explores sound as a visual and architectural medium that evokes a visual response to sonic stimuli as well as defining volumetric space through acoustics. When visitors open the door and step into the darkness of the gallery, their pupils recalibrate as they inhale the moisture-thickened air and are struck by the smell of wet soil. In the near distance the slight pitter-pattering of raindrops can be heard. Walking closer to the sounds seems to awaken a storm. They near a large black square that sits alone in the center of the gallery floor, four lights overhead appear to shift with the moonlight and the passing of clouds. The observers step onto the square and simultaneously into the rain, only the rain never falls on them. A slight wind brushes past their skin carrying the scents of summer, participants are no longer simply standing in the gallery, and they find themselves inhabiting their memories.
Jake Lee-High creates installations that investigate the visual language through non-visual stimulation. Auditory, aromatic, and somatic suggestions direct the observer to visualize the environments he depicts through the subconscious collaging of separately evoked memories. Jake Lee-High received his Masters in Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work been shown throughout the United States and has been recognized in publications, such as Artillery Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. This is his second solo show at Fringe. www.jakeleehigh.com