Cooler Than Blue

December 3rd, 2021 – Ongoing

NICO Kitchen + Bar, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ

Gallery Aferro, after almost two decades of existence as an artist-run space, draws on the intimacy of proximity to creative lives, and the diffuse vastness of artist networks for Cooler Than Blue. A group exhibition is a kind of visualization of relationships, including those sustained over time, and Cooler Than Blue is also a celebration of artist studio culture, the specific knowledge taught, traded, and passed among painters: the legend and lore of specific colors. Blue is believed to be the first color synthesized by the Egyptians around 2,200 BCE. Since then, new colors have continued to be a source of excitement and intrigue among artists, with Ultramarine, Indigo, Prussian Blue, YInMn blue, Ultrablack, and others. Painters, printmakers, and photographers included in the exhibit, whether working in an abstract or figurative manner, have an intense working relationship to the color blue.