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Wed, Jan. 4th, 2012, 10:56 pm

"Got Synesthesia?: Hong Kong Artist Lio Yeung Lets Viewers See Like a Butterfly, or a Baby, in New Show

Do you ever wonder whether the red you see is the same as another person sees it, or if there is any literal truth in the adage about beauty being in the eye of the beholder? It was questions like these that inspired artist and designer Lio Yeung’s exhibition, “A Is Green, R Is Red,” now showing at agnès b.’s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE in Hong Kong.

Yeung's show is all about playing with the different ways you can see the world and was originally inspired by the phenomenon of synesthesia, the condition whereby some people can perceive one kind of stimulus (say, sound) as another (say, color). For most people reading this story, the background to these words would look white and the letters would all look black (or perhaps a bit gray,) but for people with synesthesia the letters of the alphabet would each have their own separate color. Intrigued by this discovery, Yeong went on to explore all the other differences that exist in the way different people — and animals — see the world.

Particularly influenced by scientific research into visual disorders, and by artists whose work he came to know during his recent travels in Europe, Yeung’s “A Is Green R Is Red” project is full of exaggeration and unexpected juxtapositions. Highlights include “Magritte,” a neon installation interpreting how babies begin to see objects by tracking their motion, and a photographic collage inspired by the work of the inventor of the electronic flash, Harold Edgerton. In this latter piece every image is overlapped, one over another, like a flip book that doesn’t quite work properly. Most stunning of all, however, is an ultraviolet light drawing in the exhibition called "Blossom," which shows how a flower looks through the eyes of a butterfly."

(Pictures from the show are in the slide show) http://artinfo.com/news/story/754708/got-synesthesia-hong-kong-artist-lio-yeung-lets-viewers-see-like-a-butterfly-or-a-baby-in-new-show