969 CHUNG KING ROAD
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.