February 2015: Kaleidoscope & Jamal Thorne

2015 February FB SliderUFORGE Gallery presents two new exhibitions for February: a group show titled “Kaleidoscope” and a spotlight on artist Jamal Thorne titled “Dualities and Binaries.” “I've handled color as a man should behave. You may conclude that I consider ethics and aesthetics as one.”—Josef Albers. A pioneer in the field of color theory, Albers taught the importance of color relations in art, focusing on how certain colors affect our perception. For him, this was the most important element within a work of visual art. Depending how they are employed, colors blend or battle, vibrate or settle, and different hues may evoke certain moods or feelings or memories. While many artists have embraced grayscale and subdued palettes in their practice, for this open call exhibition UFORGE Gallery requested that artists submit their most colorful and vibrant artworks. They responded with paintings and photographs, abstractions and realisms, and various in-betweens, all bursting with color.

The gallery will also be displaying the work of innovative draughtsman Jamal Thorne, a teacher at UFORGE’s partner institution, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain. Schooled at Northeastern and the SMFA, Thorne blends pop culture, history, portraits, landscape, nature, and surrealism into enticing mash-up drawings and mural installations. He is especially interested in how people and objects oscillate between different identities, saying, “In my work, I attempt to explore visualization of an individual's multiple identities and the different uses or identities attached to objects based on individual interaction.” His monochromatic drawings are a delightful juxtaposition with the works on view in “Kaleidoscope,” setting off the colors with his graphite interplay of light and shadow. One of the pieces included is an original mural created just for this exhibition.

“Kaleidoscope” and “Jamal Thorne: Dualities and Binaries” are both on view from February 5th through March 1st, 2015, with a joint reception to be held on Thursday, February 5th from 6-8 PM.