Curated by Resident Artists Dana Donaty and Renee Phillips
A year in the making, the PINK Exhibition is now open at the Arts Warehouse! But what exactly is a PINK Exhibition? Artwork that has anything and everything to do with the color pink, which provides a great opportunity for viewers to see one color in a myriad of lights.
Curated by artists Dana Donaty and Renee Phillips, the goal for the event is to explore the cultural narrative of the color pink and take part of the trend among contemporary art that has been drawing attention to the use of the color pink in artwork across many mediums.
“Perhaps to de-stigmatize the color and its usually associations (for girls, or feminine, or perhaps dainty) was one part of the development of the exhibition theme,” said Grace Gdaniec, Arts Warehouse Manager. “The evolvement of the color and its relation to broader cultural changes in society are pointed out. Each artist in the show is exploring pink through their own lens. Some it may be in details, others it is a bold forefront of the piece.”
The Exhibition features work from more than 20 artists from Palm Beach and Broward Counties who show their work nationally and internationally. All artists were chosen by Donaty and Phillips and the work selected was chosen largely in part to the colors used in the piece – pink. This is the first exhibition with a color-specific theme.
“So many of the artists exhibited have really unique and special work. Dana’s is very immersive, it’s a vignette of a room full of pink items and nods to feminist ideas. Also Renee’s is an in-your-face pink piece that feels like it’s about to absorb you into its pink realm. The pain is oozing off of the canvas onto a metallic material that feels otherworldly,” Gdaniec said. “One large-scale piece by Etheard Joseph has many colors but within the context of the exhibition, the pink really stands out. The painting is a bit chaotic visually, but the pink hues make it playful to me. Many of the works are more subtle in their displays of pink, which I think is successful in the opposite way. For example, Kandy Lopez’s figurative weavings have subtle pops of pink in the yarn used, and the more bold pink background color in the one. Also Kim Faye has a painting I really enjoy that feels ethereal and draws you in. In the painting only a small percentage of the work is in pink hues with the majority of it in darkness. But it still feels appropriate to the show as a whole.”
Donaty and Phillips presented the idea for consideration by the Arts Warehouse team. Gdaniec feels that it’s important for Arts Warehouse to give space to guest curatorial minds to see a different viewpoint, and to also bring new artists into the space who may have not shown at the Warehouse before. The result is hyper-stimulating in terms of the work shown, which is exciting for new viewers!
“This time last year, Renee and I were exploring the color pink in our respective practices – color theory and color stories in our work and noticing other artists doing the same – either at exhibitions we had seen or on social media. We thought it was an interesting curatorial focus to build an exhibition around artists exploring the cultural narrative of a color – a way to bring together the diversity we were seeing in artists’ practices and encourage discourse,” Donaty said. “It was a great opportunity to work with Palm Beach-based artists who may not otherwise exhibit together and to build community. Pink is a multimedia experience with paintings, photography, fiber work, sculptures, technology-based works – NFTs, video and lighting sculptures, and politically charged installations.”
So visit the Warehouse and see the ways that pink is represented in the pieces, and enjoy a pink-based energy that is new to the space!