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.