Monochrome exhibition in Brooklyn comprises seven single-coloured rooms
Every room at this house-like installationin a Brooklynwarehouse is entirely one colour, from a green kitchen with grassy surfaces to a pink bedroom where a tub is overflowing with teddy bears. New York artist CJ Hendrycreated the series of seven single-coloured rooms for her Monochrome exhibition, to display new images she created of crumpledPantoneswatches.
Each space built within the 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square-metre) warehouse in Greenpoint is decorated in just one colour, from walls to furniture, objects and plants. Modular plastic bricks by Everblock, which are similar to Legobut larger, were used to build the partitions – onto which the artist has mounted her artworks bearing different tones of the same hue.
"Art is the first thing [my collectors] add to a space and they design their entire home around their collection," said Hendry. "I have taken this concept to an extreme level."
"Each room has been designed to emulate the art on the wall," she added. "The art is the focus, everything matches the art."
Hendry's installation includes a green-coloured kitchen, with a grassy surface covering the floor, storage cabinets and shelving. The fridge, oven, and table and chairs all match the hues of fruit, vegetables and crockery left out on countertops. While adhering to the layout of a typical house, Hendry has added a number of playful elements to her faux home. Visitors will find a sand pit, a palm tree in the lounge, and a wall lined in glittery paper strands in the blue living room.
An opening in one of the walls offers a glimpse to the red dining room, where the table is covered in a furry rug.
A tub filled with large teddy bears decorates the pink bedroom, along with a dressing table with heart-shaped handles, and a clothing rail displaying pink jeans and t-shirts. A similarly single-toned wardrobe is on show in the adjoining second bedroom but is completely yellow. Purple towels and candles adorn the free-standing bathtub and shower in the bathroom, while a lamp, computer, globe and shelf of books are all coloured orange in the study.
The crumpled Pantone cards and bold hues used in the Monochrome exhibition are among Hendry's earliest works in colour. The Australian artist has previously created hyperrealistic black and white studies using her self-described scribbling technique. She started experimenting in colour last year for a collaborative exhibition with French fashion house Christian Louboutin.
"I am new to colour, not too sure if I understand it yet," said Hendry. "Before, when I drew in black ink, all the focus was on the object because all the emotion of colour was removed."
Monochrome will be open to the public from 5 to 8 April 2018 at 276 Greenpoint Avenue, between 10am to 5pm.
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