Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present color value an exhibition that delves into the usage, meaning, intensity and value of color in the making of art. Without light, there is no color. Without contrast, there is no difference. Without either light or contrast, there is no value. These artists were selected for this exhibition because they address a wide range of points along the spectrum of color and value. The title “color value” was chosen because it is open enough to tackle many artistic concerns from literal interpretations to multi-layered deductions of what color and value mean.
Joanne Leah’s photographs portray parts of the body arranged as design elements that are juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props. Using color values within a particular spectrum, such as blue, green, red or violet, she constructs a narrative that takes us on a mysterious trip through her surreal, fairy tale crime scenes. Her imagery draws from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and identity.