Inspired by The Black Laboratory of Brooklyn artist Vincent Como, Black Lab investigates the cultural connotations and psychological implications of the darkest color. Michael Campbell, Eric Larson, Reuben Lorch Miller, Malcolm Smith, and Ben Venom deploy counterculture themes and imagery in two and three dimensions. Artists Rachel Dawson, Erik Madsen, and Como formally evoke aftermath, decay, and possible transcendence through color and texture in paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Faye Kendall's, Kara Joslyn's, and Ryan De Hoz's sculptures and drawings tap into occult and animalistic archetypes. Marcella Faustini and Caitlin Denny's multi-media installation plays with popular fascination with dark topics in science. Painter Josh Hagler's portraits, artifacts from the life and family of Anton LaVey, Lourdes of the Flies, and No Peace at the Gates portray the flip-side of American religiosity. Performances by Terrance Graven, Group Rhoda, Amir Coyle, and Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles enact paranormal ritual and unspeakable mysteries.
“Black is the pure and unrepentant mark of information; both the origin of recording thoughts, and the fully saturated realization of all pigment as one. The goal of my work is to expand and cross the boundaries that define and divide Black, Darkness, and Matter into a unified concept. A Black Singularity.”