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  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Exterior view of A+D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view from gallery entrance.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Jessica Labatte, Jeanne Dunning (background), Nathaniel Robinson (floor).

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Background left to right: Academy Records. Foreground, left to right: Nathaniel Robinson.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Dan Gunn, Jeanne Dunning.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Jeanne Dunning, Susan Giles (floor), Jessica Labatte, Matthew Metzger, Liz Nielsen.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Adriane Herman, Jessica Labatte, Matthew Metzger.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Susan Giles and Dan Gunn.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view. Left to right: Anna Kunz, Dan Gunn (partially obscured), Adriane Herman.

  • Color: Fully Engaged

    Installation view of education component. Photographs by Liz Nielsen.

Color: Fully Engaged
A+D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago
September 29 - November 5, 2011

Color makes a comeback every day. We open our eyes, we turn on the light, we see, we remember color. Color: Fully Engaged is a multi-faceted exploration of the meaning and interpretation of color. Via artworks created as part of fine arts, design and architecture disciplines, this exhibition follows modern and contemporary trajectories of color as both singular idea and associative methodology. Investigating color symbolism and hierarchies within historical, cultural and theoretical contexts, each selection ponders what may or may not be universal about color. Contributing artists include Academy Records, Jeanne Dunning, Susan Giles, Dan Gunn, Adriane Herman, Anna Kunz, Jessica Labatte, Matthew Metzger, Liz Nielsen and Nathaniel Robinson.

"A cliché says that all serious art is in black and white. This is patently untrue, though it has taken some time to overcome. Curated by Jamilee Polson Lacy, Color: Fully Engaged at Columbia College's A+D Gallery indicates just how essential and seriously color is considered to current art making. Matthew Metzger reinterprets and complicates the color theory of Josef Albers, dividing Alber's signature square in half and applying the paint in a matte, flat manner on MDF panel that loses the interaction of light with the paint. Anna Kunz's projection of abstract color shapes on diaphanous fabric considers the role that light itself plays in perceiving a color, particularly as one can view it from either side, one side seeing the gallery wall, and the street on the other.

-Abraham Ritchie, Flavorpill