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PINK IS A COLOR THAT FEELS LIKE LOVE

Exhibition on view: August 29 - October 6
Opening Reception, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

The Stamp Gallery
1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


College Park, MD: In Pink is a Color That Feels Like Love, Philadelphia-based curator Katy Scarlett brings together three artists whose work is deeply invested in the formal use of color paired with recognizable motifs in order to reflect on issues of representation. The artists address stereotypes related to race, gender, sexuality, and class, figuring color imbued with broader cultural meaning as a central subject in order to critique dominant paradigms.

In his work, Brandon Dean seeks to open a dialogue around social categories and the resulting notion of “otherness” as it has been implicitly signified and defined by canonical art history. He often takes as his central focus white male subjects and includes numerous references to historical European art motifs, including the symbolic use of color, in order to question and reevaluate the mainstream boundaries of art history.

Damien Davis and Delano Dunn both examine issues around identity, cultural perceptions, and representation. The artists explore color as a formal component in their work coupled with historically racialized motifs in order to raise questions about the social implications of color, primarily related to race and stereotypes.

Thus, each artist factors color in their work in different ways that prompt us to consider: What are the social and political meanings attached to color? In what ways does color, infused with symbolic value, shape our perceptions of the world around us? In what ways does it shape our perceptions of ourselves and other communities?




 

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