Paolo Salvagione

Paolo Salvagione at Seager Gray Gallery showing One For Each a handmade artist book. - Paolo  Salvagione

One For Each, 2013

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8.5 x 6.25 x 5.25 in

This cabinet of curiosities contains five drawers, one for each of the human senses. Each drawer holds a distinct, self-contained object — and in the playful manner that routinely characterizes Salvagione's work, the senses mingle in unexpected ways.

Three-dimensional projections emphasize the tactile nature of printed images. Silhouettes of leaves ask you to gauge species by contour, yet the absence of color brings attention to the visual. Talking tapes acknowledge a tangible aspect of sound. A musky, smell-based exploration summons up mental images of physical activity. A unique taste enhancer promises to temporarily bond to your receptors, making all things sour seem sweet — but first your fingers must negotiate the brittle blister pack.

And all, in combination and individually, show how our senses can deceive us, and in the process yield something akin to a child's surprise at the roles these senses play in helping us navigate the world.

"One for Each" is a compact set of drawers, a box of English buckram and black leather, nearly 250 cubic inches of sensory activity. Salvagione has enlisted Boon Design to oversee typography, and Marc Weidenbaum to develop a series of short interlocking essays.

Leather, Buckram, Scent, Paper, Bookboard, Glass, Nylon

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