Blaque Lyte

Gallery 5

Artists include:
Mike Andrews Max Morris
Nick Black Benton Moss
Andy Burkholder Nicole Northway
Lilli Carré Joakim Ojanen & Hanna Andersson
Mariano Chavez Onsmith
Anya Davidson Paintallica
Edie Fake Kristen Romaniszak
Evah Fan Marie Rosen
Sanya Glisec DeeDee Scacci
Leif Goldberg Seth Scriver
Keith Herzik David Shrigley
Brandon Heuser Ben Stone
Laurent Impeduglia Geoffrey Todd Smith
Eric Lebofsky Giselind von Wurmb
Thomas Mazzarella

Blaque Lyte presents the new and glowing artwork by over thirty international emerging and established artists.  Curated by Chicago-based artists Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr, the exhibition explores the visual properties and strange effects of the black light by presenting artwork specifically intended to be seen under ultra violet rays. 

From college dorm rooms to TV crime laboratories, black lights have been used to make things glow in the dark since their invention nearly 75 years ago. In an attempt to revive the seemingly dead and trivial medium of the black light, Kerr and Nudd invited artists from Chicago and all over the world to make new work that reacts to the ultraviolet light. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, murals, reliefs, and kinetic sculptures created by the artists specifically to immerse viewers in the profound inverse world generated by black lights.

A companion exhibition in Gallery 2 highlights the particularly psychedelic work of local screen printer Keith Herzik included in Blaque Lyte. Titled There Are Still Lofty Dreams, Meager Desires, and Still Silliness, the exhibition of Herzik's work is also on view from October 2 until January 9, 2012.

Blaque Lyte marks the first exhibition Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr have curated together. Both Nudd and Kerr are Chicago area-based artists and teachers who exhibit their work locally, nationally and internationally. Since 2007, the artists have worked jointly on projects, including a series of silkscreen prints and the creation of a catalogue for the exhibition KlusterCrusts at the Butcher Shop gallery in Chicago. The pair plan to curate more exhibitions in the near future as their bromance grows.

Image credit: Lilli Carré, Totem Pole (detail: 1 of 7 panels), 2011, Silkscreen print on paper, each 12 x 12 inches