Visionaire’s partnership with The Gallery at Cadillac House has proven to be creatively fruitful, if not downright delightful, for anyone desiring a deeply immersive art experience. The publication’s latest exhibit, AMAZE—a collaborative installation involving renowned architect Rafael de Cárdenas and visual artist, composter, and vocalist Sahra Motalebi—not only builds on Visionaire’s reputation for interactive spaces, but deliberately draws guests in.
The maze within AMAZE offers quite a bit for viewers to explore. Op art designs cover the walls, colored windows shift how the lighting is interpreted, and a curtain of metal beads can be brushed aside and played with. Perhaps the most successful element is a surreal hall of mirrors with a Lynchian motel-like aesthetic that is filled with minute details that might escape those not paying close attention. A small button in the middle of the hall reveals a secret: One of the mirrors is a two-way, and when the button is pressed, a light comes on to uncover a “broom closet” that has been turned on its head. Meanwhile, the hall is flanked with daffodils in vases, which are perched near more mirrors. However, one end doesn’t have a mirror pane at all—it cuts through to another room that also has a daffodil on the other side, giving the illusion of a reflection in which the viewer is not present.
“People can go through this installation and everyone can have a slightly different experience,” Visionaire co-founder Cecilia Dean said. “Some people will see that and some people won’t. I think that’s kind of funny.”