Sound Color and Vision – Halim El-Dabh Exhibit, Sat. Sept. 3

“Sound, Color, and Vision” The Musical and Visual Art of Halim El-Dabh.
-Music composition based on the colors, sizes, and shapes of Halim’s Paintings
-Unveiling of the works and music performance at the Opening Reception
-Light Refreshments

WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 7:30pm. Opening Reception. Exhibition up through October 1st..

WHERE: The North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Downtown Kent

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970.


Halim El-Dabh’s
Color Music Paintings

The color of music in my paintings of sound are based upon a sensitivity I acquired since childhood of hearing colors and seeing sounds.

The art works I am presenting using acrylic paint on canvas are simply visual realities, simply ten works of art. However, the particulars about this exhibit is that I am using these works of art as music scores from which a musician can read the colors as music notes, guiding him or her to perform their particular instrument.

As a matter of fact, I shall perform some of the paintings during the exhibit.

The origin of my inspiration to paint these canvases happened in 1952 when I came across a picture of an ancient Egyptian parchment from the 7th century CE. The parchment was showing a music notation utilizing color circles. The colors within the circles indicate pitch while the size of the circles indicate rhythm and duration. On the left side of the parchment twelve small different colors indicate the availability of a twelve tone chromatic scale.

My intention and philosophy as a music composer is to open the door to a very old yet very new reality – the ability to hear color as well as the ability to see sound. This is a way to experience new feelings and new sensitivity to a world full of creativity.
Color and sound moving towards a state of oneness capable of penetrating the hidden creases of the universe.

Each painting is given a name as well as identified by a piece of music relating to that name. One of the pieces is named “The Deluge of 2012”. Another is named “Cassandra and The Oracles”. One of the pieces “Canine Wisdom” was presented as an installation on view in The Project Room For New Media at The Chelsea Art Museum on October 4th through November 1st in 2008. The same work was earlier presented with The Barking Dog Sextet at the Suoni Per Il Popolo in Montreal in 2007. The same work was also published in “Notations 21 – Breaking The Boundaries” in 2008 by Mark Batty Publishers in New York City.

In the presentation taking place at Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Kent Ohio on Sept. 3, 2011, a procession and unveiling will take place for each art work.


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