Cultural Bytes for 21 March, 2012

- March 21, 2012

“Think PINK at Charlotte Jackson…”

What comes to mind when you do think pink? 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.

The new group exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art opening in the first week of April gives pink a new meaning and gives viewers the chance to immerse themselves in the true nature of pink and explore its depths and shades. The show is this year’s edition of the gallery’s annual salute to a single color, with works by artists including Charles Arnoldi, Joe Barnes, Edith Bauman, Ronald Davis, Tony DeLap, William Metcalf, Florence Pierce, David Simpson and Joan Watts.

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, promises to go beyond pink’s press and offer the viewer a fresh angle on a complicated color.

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 that 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 feminine in nature. 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.

WHAT: PINK, a group exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
WHEN: April 3-24, no opening reception
WHERE: In the Railyard at 554 South Guadalupe

Free family film at SITE

On Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m., SITE Santa Fe will present a free screening of Terry Gilliam’s grimly comic 1981 film “Time Bandits” for the entire family.

The screening is part of the Railyard Arts District's Final Friday art walk.  The film is clever enough for adults, so bring the kids for a family night out, including popcorn and treats.

Free Fridays has a new look at the Museum of Art

Visit the New Mexico Museum of Art for “Free Fridays” on Friday, March 23rd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and see the museum like you’ve never seen it before – three new shows and a reinvigorated fourth!

Enjoy a re-envisioned How the West is One, the brand new Alcove Shows 12.0, a fresh interpretation of prints in Repeat After Me and four views of representational paintings in Treasures Seldom Seen.