Group Exhibit

March 9 - May 6, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 9, 2018  6-10PM


RED, is a collection of artworks that explore the possible expressions and readings of the color red. Though red is a primary color and thus cannot be created by mixing other colors, the hue has an amalgam of associations. Red can represent courage, heat, passion, sexuality, anger, light and in some cultures happiness and good fortune. The artwork presented speaks for itself, however red always evokes strong feeling. RED invites viewers to probe this diverse plane of possibilities through a variety of artistic forms and ideas. 

Red’s journey begins at one end of the visible light spectrum, projecting toward matter and reflected back to us as a primary color, alongside blue and yellow. In art history, red ochre, which makes one hue of red pigment, has been used since humanity’s earliest inceptions of art and was utilized as early as the caves of Lascaux. 

In this exhibition, artist Kim Laurel predominantly employs such primary colors. Laurel says, “I love primary colors, and always think of traditional Eastern pallets of red and black. Red, blue and black are the basic start to most of my work.” Our sensory reception and subsequent recognition of the hue comes from interactions of light and material. Yet we also exist as matter inundated by red light. This light, now mostly artificial, guides us through our daily lives in subtle ways. The exit sign in every building, the stop light or crossing signal you see on every corner; red drives us physically and psychologically. Jordan Miller’s work, EXIT #13 (Blacking out the excess), expresses a desire to examine the inundation of light, particularly red exit signs, and challenge, remove or “blackout” the overabundance of constructed light in our environment. He says, “We look to red light for information on a daily basis; open signs, exits, neon signs, street signals. We often do not pay attention the connections between our spaces and the way we light them or how that affects our behavior or our physiology, especially in terms of things like the loss of sensorial darkness.” 

Similarly derived from our understanding of red light comes the expression, “red hot;” when something becomes so hot it produces its own red light. The Introspect conveys this by seeing a solitary nude figure is a study basking in warmth. This piece exemplifies the notion of color as temperature. The artist, Irina Parfenova explains that, “the arabesque red line on the body emphasizes the inner warmth, energy and a sense of life radiating from a static figure engaged into her own feelings and thoughts.” The solitary tone engulfs the viewer and inspires introspection. Red can move one from this warmth induced meditation to complex expressions of the psyche.  In Cross Words Julia Ris uses red to convey her conflicting emotions “inspired by inflamed words exchanged with a family member, an incident that transformed the dynamics of family activities and interactions. The painting represents the spewing of words uttered in anger.” In Carol Hamilton’s encaustics, she posits that “red is the color of the soul (or at least my soul). These two paintings, Little Red and Portal are inspired by the day to day experiences and the connection to my soul.  Little Red is that moment of contemplation when clarity begins to break through, which is represented by the small points of iridescent aqua.” All three of these artists utilize the color red to convey and communicate their personal emotional and physical experiences. 

On a more social level, some Chinese cultures feel that red symbolizes luck, happiness and joy. Red is the color of summer and wards off evil. When traveling in China, Jim Storrs found inspiration when photographing the wishing trees. Red Ribbons captures the anticipation of a wish being granted through an image that conveys hope. In Help, by Sophia Adalaine Zhou, the ribbon is a symbol to raise awareness. She says, “Here, red is used as a metaphor, representing both vitality and the emotion one feels when in dire need of help.” In both cases a red ribbon symbolizes hope and the anticipation of something better to come on the horizon. 

In fact, it is on the horizon that red make one of its most beautiful appearance as it colors the setting sun through Rayleigh scattering. As darkness rises, the gaze stretches beyond our pale blue dot, past our neighbor Mars–the “Red Planet”–to other solar systems, some orbiting red giants or red dwarf stars. Even hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is bent back to us in gaseous tubes to produce the red neon signs so familiar to our cities today. Red is everywhere. 

Artists: Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Barbara Lipkin, Carol Hamilton, David Gonzalez, David Moenkhaus, Elaine Coorens, Eric Cooney, Errol Jacobson, Frank Styburski, Irena Parfenova, Jason Michael Bently, Jennifer Kling, Jim Storrs, John Greiner, Jordan Miller, Julia Oehmke, Julia Ris, Kenneth Marier, Kim Laurel, Lilla Dent, Matthew Coglianese, Michael Coakes, Paul Rung, Richard Laurent, Sara Peak Convery, Sophia Adaline Zhou, Stefanie Weidner, The Red One and Wendy Love.

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