THE AMERICAN FLAG: A STUDY IN GRAY

Paintings by Students in Painting + Public Art (ARCH 5780)

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY APRIL 27 

CAMPBELL HALL, ELMALEH GALLERY 

5pm - 7pm


THE AMERICAN FLAG: A STUDY IN GRAY is a collaborative art piece led by the students in Professor Sanda Iliescu’s “Painting and Public Art” class. In a time of bitter political division, many wonder what exactly holds us together as a country. Reflecting on what it means to be an American at this point in history, this artistic work rethinks the iconic to reveal a more complex assemblage of narratives, tones, and forms. Rather than using red, white, and blue, the painting is created in varying shades of gray. The intent is to capture in visual form both the diversity of viewpoints that people hold in this country and also a sense of uncertainty. Iliescu describes, “Gray is a very special color. It conveys a sense of uncertainty, and it’s rather somber.  But gray also has another quality.  It can be very richly colored, if you look closely.  So, it’s a sort of common ground for all colors.  Every color in the painting is a gray.  But all lean towards different colors too ... just as we all lean towards different ways of thinking."

 THE AMERICAN FLAG: A STUDY IN GRAY is the collaborative work of students, faculty and staff at UVA, completed over a 10-day period. In addition to the painting, participants provided their written reflections on the meaning of the American flag. These reflections will also be on display in the gallery, providing additional perspectives to complement the visual work. The exhibition will run from April 27 – May 2, 2018.