PINK, a group exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art will be on view from April 3 – April 24. The gallery is located at 554 South Guadalupe in the Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe.
Think PINK and what comes to mind? Cotton candy, lace dresses, Easter, carnations, Valentine’s Day, roses, bubblegum, and Barbie dolls. To be in the pink. Seeing pink elephants. Being handed a pink slip. Pink Ribbons. Code Pink. Pink Cadillacs. Pretty in Pink. Pink may be one of the most culturally loaded and overburdened colors in the Western world. Sometimes pink pops and sometimes pink blushes – but weighted down by so much cultural baggage, it can be impossible to really see pink, difficult to experience it with a fresh eye.
This year Charlotte Jackson Fine Art’s annual single color group exhibition gives viewers the chance to immerse themselves in the true nature of pink and explore its depths and shades in a diverse range of works by artists including Charles Arnoldi, Joe Barnes, Edith Bauman, Ronald Davis, Tony DeLap, William Metcalf, Florence Pierce, David Simpson, and Joan Watts.
Pink, with its dynamic range of tones between red, white, and magenta is as ubiquitous as it is freighted with associations. In its high punch, slick, fetish-finish forms it’s a darling of advertising and glamour, while in its powdery pastel incarnation, pink is all things cute and youthful. But it is a color found everywhere in nature as well: flowers, shells, sandstone, and of course the “rosy fingered dawn” of sunrises. Psychologists have identified pink as a color which relaxes and diffuses aggression – and so muted pinks are often used on prison walls.
But how to look beyond the lipstick, the packet of gum? A lesson in how associations can prejudice our reactions to color can be taken from pink, which today most Westerners would be hard-pressed not to identify as gendered feminine. But that wasn’t always the case—up until the 20th century, pink, with its close tie to aggressive red was thought of as a manly color, while blue, as the color most often associated in art with the Virgin Mary, was feminine. Pink is a contradiction.
Each of the artists included in PINK have skillfully played with and pushed beyond its boundaries, striving to allow the viewer to see the color for its own unique resonances. What makes the exhibition PINK truly special though is the range of approaches these artists offer. With unique pieces to tempt, PINK, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art’s latest single-color show, promises to go beyond pink’s press and offer the viewer a fresh angle on a complicated color.