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Chelsea Gallery Displays Visual Art and Music as One

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At Gallery 151, art and music are inseparable in a new exhibit. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Gallery 151 is turning up the volume on art. A new exhibit called "Inseparable" in Chelsea is combining sight and sound in a new way with these "Soundwalls."

"Soundwall" is a canvas that's also a speaker. For this exhibition, New York artists were asked to pair music with their artwork. The exhibit is called "Inseperable" because for artists like Bradley Theodore, music and art are inseparable. They paint to music and are inspired by it.

"I think most artists require music to exist. Art is a visual sound and music is kind of like an analog visual," Theodore says.

Artist Justin Jay agrees.

"A guitar chord may remind you of kissing a girl in a convertible or a singer's voice might remind you of an old friend, so I think to use imagery and put music to it I think it really kind of creates this real three-dimensional experience," Jay says. "The music is a band called Little Joy, the song is called 'Next Time Around,' and it's just a really kind of fun, peaceful little song."

Walk around and try to connect the dots between the music and the image.

There’s a lot of great artwork here and some great tunes too, but these can also be double blank canvases. You can put your own artwork on and pick your own song too.

"It is completely customizable, so anyone could paint whatever they would like on top, get a digital photo printed," says curator Laura O'Reilly.

The exhibition plays through September 1.

It is located at Gallery 151, 132 West 18th Street NY NY 10011.

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