rafael de cardenas, visionaire, and sahra motalebi believe mazes to be ‘a seductive species of architecture’ — an opinion that glistens and pounds in their latest collaboration, AMAZE. if architecture is sexy, then mazes — intimate, disorienting labyrinths — are definitely an acquired fetish. add sahra motalebi’s stimulating sounds to the already-hypnotizing space and you get a truly hair-raising experience, open from april 10 to june 10, at the gallery at cadillac house.

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those standing just outside of the devoid maze may be lulled in by low-pitched drone sounds, whirling against a metal veil. the sounds are of sahra motalebi’s vocal-only sound score, which continues to evolve as the environment becomes less and less familiar.

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selfie culture is called to question; narcissism in all of its beauty and insecurity is represented by a hall of mirrors, lovely daffodils, and hysterical laughter. then, at the end of the hall, the space opens up.

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strangely, the less suffocating, much larger space feels heavier than the last. stark black-and-white-zig-zags pattern-around viciously, in perfect tune with the loud shrieking overhead, the masochistic score of sahra motablebi

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from april 10 to june 10, these hypnotic rooms are fully traversable to those allured. saturated windows, whispers, shrieks, echoes, and over-stimulation await rafael de cardenas and sahra motablebi’s chilling experience, at the gallery at cadillac house, 330 hudson street, NYC. oh — and for a video of RDC standing willingly inside AMAZE, check out visionaire’s instagram @visionaireworld.

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