JAUS presents Licketh The Rainbow, the final installment of our 2013 group exhibitions related to color.
2013 has been a bummer on quite a few fronts; chemical weapons spurring the threat of yet another potential U.S. entanglement in the Middle East, news of Fukushima power plants continuing to spread radioactive waste into the ocean, and to top it off, the recent government shutdown. At least a few of the shows at JAUS have reflected this somber mood with titles such as “Midnight Caesura”, “Marooned”, and most recently “Black and Blue”.
In contrast, this year's programming will be concluded on a more optimistic note, in attempts to remind everyone that not all has been bad news in the world; the development of a 5 person electric vehicle that goes from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, an M.I.T. camera that can document light travelling through space, Los Angeles finally on the path to having a viable mass transit system, affordable health care in the U.S., and for the moment, the evasion of war with Syria. These are but a few examples.
What says optimism and positivity better that bright beautiful colors… and lots of them? Licketh the Rainbow will feature the works by 11 artists packed wall to wall in what hopefully will be a sensory overload of colors, shapes and objects. Like anything too sweet with too many colors, the works displayed won’t always reflect a sane and healthy reality either. Some of the works are more formal, process driven, and may be as cheerful as they seem, while others possess a more critical subtext that betrays the seemingly playful colors and forms seen on the surface. If we look too closely, we will see that perhaps all is not chipper.
At least for one moment, however, in the context of this exhibition, the visitors of JAUS might have an opportunity to see the world through rosy colored, better yet, rainbow colored glasses, and savor the multi-hued works on display.