Sinking into the plush mound of a beanbag chair, I close my eyes as the hypnotic, layered music takes me – where? An echo chamber at the bottom of an Egyptian pyramid? A chaotic bazaar in Cairo? It’s cool and dark in the underground gallery of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, but time seems to ripple like a haze of heat waves between ancient and present.
Such is the charm of “Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway”, one of the most mind-blowing inner experiences of this blazing summer. On view until August 28, the exhibition features two opera video installations and an audio recording. This makes it as much a sonic adventure as it is a visual one.