A 22,000-square-foot industrial interior in Brooklyn, New York, set the stage for Australian Artist Cj Hendry’s fifth solo exhibition, which immersed sightseers in a vibrant succession of monochromatic spaces that combined to form a vivid mosaic, with colors corresponding to artworks adorning each wall.
Dubbed “MONOCHROME,” the comprehensive colorscape occupied the Greenpoint warehouse from April 5–8, featuring walls composed of carefully amassed blocks to differentiate a variety of domestic spaces, which were saturated in isolated explosions of brilliant blue, green, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and red.
Showcasing recognizable furnishings that included iconic designs from Saarinen and Eames, the installation’s seven rooms were selectively swathed in shades that coordinated with Hendry’s sketches of crumpled Pantone color swatches, accurately rendered with meticulous detail.
A heavyweight hyperrealist known for black-and-white drawings of domestic objects, Hendry’s “MONOCHROME” installation marked a departure from the artist’s established oeuvre. “I am new to color, not too sure if I understand it yet,” says Hendry. “Color is exciting and sad and frustrating and confusing. color is all around us, it’s everywhere. color is not a physical thing, it’s a thing that describes something else. by drawing crumpled colored cards I have given color a physicality and form.”