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“The great force of History comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and History is literally present in all that we do.” – James Baldwin
The Swan Coach House Gallery and The Forward Arts Foundation are pleased to present an exhibition by Kellie Romany, winner of the 2016-2017 Emerging Artist Award. The award is given annually by The Forward Arts Foundation to the most dynamic emerging artist in the Atlanta area. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize in conjunction with a solo exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery, running from April 6 – May 20, 2017. Each of the remaining finalists–Chris Chambers, Travis Dodd, Rachel Garceau, and Nick Madden–receives $2000 and displays work in the front gallery.
In her paintings and ceramics, Kellie Romany uses a specific color-language developed by a 19th century anthropologist and ethnographer from Austria. Felix Von Luschan’s chromatic scale–which used thirty-six unique skin color tiles– was an acceptable method of determining race in Europe and America until the1950s. Paintings like “34, 6, 24” blend lighter and darker tones and various viscosities to show both the crossover and independent existence of these colors. Hand-built ceramics are three-dimensional objects that can “hold” and “store” these loaded color representations. Like the skin, Romany’s artworks imply textures and thicknesses that will crack, dissipate, or darken over the life of the work.
The artist “re-evaluates” the paintings through drawing, rendering what was once a blend of color and tint into black and white representations. This process polarizes the image, similar to how racial inequality is viewed in the U.S., versus the artist’s personal experiences growing up in a predominantly “black” but ethnically diverse Trinidad.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 6, 6-9pm
ARTIST TALK: Sunday, April 23, 3pm