BLACK IS A COLOR

When:
July 15, 2017 – August 19, 2017 all-day
2017-07-15T00:00:00-07:00
2017-08-20T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Charlie James Gallery
969 CHUNG KING ROAD
LOS ANGELES
CA 90012
Contact:
Charlie James Gallery
213.687.0844

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 2017, 6-9PM


Charlie James Gallery
 is pleased to present black is a color, a group exhibition curated by Essence Harden, with works by Sadie Barnette, Adee Roberson, Lauren Halsey, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Texas Isaiah, Azikiwe Mohammed, Nikki Pressley, and Patrick Martinez.

What would it be to see pink on the wall and name it black?

“black is a color” asks how color has been employed as a central musing on black subjectivity. The exhibition considers how color-as spectra, chroma, saturation, and vessel-is a utility of/on blackness. In thinking through the process of hyperpigments, in particular, the show centers luster and vibrancy as speculative sites on kin, cosmology, resistance, and place. Here, black optics and corporeality are equally entangled with pleasure and play as with the durability and gravity implied by black. Through each artist’s lens, color comes to (en)compass visions of black life, futures, and presence. In a gesture towards abstraction in which blackness is and is not locatable, then, “black is a color” is an epistemological exploration of black diasporic wonderings.

About the Curator:
Essence Harden (Oakland, CA) works at the intersections of blackness, art, and cultural history. Essence is a Ph.D. candidate, independent curator, writer, and artist. Her visual work has appeared at Good Children Gallery, Black Portraitures III, SOMarts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Her writing has appeared in Performa Magazine, SFAQ: International Arts and Culture, Everyday Feminism, Palmss Magazine, and Acres. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Essence earned her B.A in History from UC Berkeley and her M.A in African American Studies from UC Berkeley, and is a currently pursuing her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation queries post Black Power constructions of black masculinity, queerness, and fashion.