Color Lab

The exhibition includes work by Liz Nielsen, Melanie McClintock and Vanessa Donoso López (Barcelona/Dublin).

We often see color as having one face.  Should we look deeper, separating the layers through solution or suspension, we can see that each color is composed of a family of colors, changing with exposure to environments, materials and light. 

Through an interactive collection of artist works and workshops, Color Lab explores the shifting face of color, inviting the observer to participate in a series of chromatographic journeys through chromatography, cyanotypes, photograms, and pigments of provenance, sourced and apportioned to denote a sense of place.  During the opening of the event, visitors will have an opportunity to participate through color experiments resulting in a final collaborative work with unique take-aways.

Regular opening hours:

Saturday to Thursday - From 9am to 5pm / Friday and National holidays - Closed

More information about the artists:

Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Each photograph is unique, ranging in size from 254cm by 254cm to 20cm by 20cm.

Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen's works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The British Journal of Photography, The New York Times, LensCulture, FOAM magazine, and ArtSlant among others.

Liz is represented by Danziger Gallery in New York, SOCO Gallery in North Carolina, Horizont Gallery, Black Box Projects in London, and NextLevel Galerie in Paris.

Vanessa Donoso López lives and works between Dublin and Barcelona. She studied at the School of Arts and Design Llotja, Barcelona, the University of Barcelona and the Winchester College of Art, UK.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent selected solo exhibitions including: I shall change the way things are ordered, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, No fixed color Continuum, Candyland, Stockholm, To swallow a ball, The LAB, Dublin, Eye before E except after seeING Stockholm Supermarket Independent Art Fair, with the Ormston House, Sctockholm, Sweden, Eye before E except after see, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Daily disagreements over small things, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery at the Barcelona Contemporary art fair SWAB, Barcelona, A painful excess of pleasure, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Jouissanc'e, Madame la Marquise, Barcelona, it never rains to everybody’s taste, Queen St. Studios and Gallery, Belfast, the rain in spain falls mainly off the plane, Barcelona, Spain, Scientifico-experimental-techno-color-movement, M’ATUVU Project Space, Brussels, Belgium, Establishing a Mission at the Ashford Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Group shows include Death Drive, Galway Arts Centre, I want to be your dog, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, 40/40/40, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw and Dulbin and Precaution at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Vanessa recently completed three public works commissioned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Facebook HeadQuarters in Europe and main offices of the IDA, all in Dublin. Vanessa recently finished a three months awarded full grant art residency at Can Serrat, Barcelona. She is currently working as an invited artist on a project with the Black Church print studios, Dublin and she’s also under a full grant three months residency in Centre d’art La Rectoría, in Barcelona. Vanessa is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

Melanie McClintock is an artist, designer, and educator inspired by the mysteries of color.  Her concepts explore the ideas of time, worthiness, and sense of place. She received an MFA in Color and Materials Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. 

While running the Brooklyn-based boutique and gallery, Ai Ai Gasa (2006-08), Melanie curated bi-monthly shows for such local artists as Alex Soto, Bailey Saliwanchik, and Eun-ha Paek. In 2012, she spearheaded a social art program in Indonesia, where she curated six exhibitions of student work in galleries throughout Java over two years.  A few years later, she curated a show at the VCUQatar Gallery for Indonesian graffiti artists, Ismu Ismoyo and Tri ‘Vendi’ Effendi, entitled Issue Isme.

Special thanks to Maryam Al-Homaid and the GDES 491 Exhibition & Environment Design students: Reem Abdou, Aya El Nour, Marwa Al-Kalbani, Zainab Al-Shibani, Shaikhah Al-Marri, Destart Prieto, Mohamad Raeissi, Ghazal Raqeeb, Aisha Al-Abdulla, Aljowhara Al-Mana, Maryam Al-Muftah, Nurul Azlan, Kainat Malik and Sara Raeissi.

The curator would like to thank Sally Erickson, and Noah Kincade.

Liz Nielsen would like to thank Black Box Projects: Kathleen Fox-Davies, Anna Kirrage, and Jim Edwards; and Carolina Wheat.

Image courtesy of Melanie McClintock.

Exhibition Dates

11 Mar – 11 Apr 2020

Opening Reception

Wed / 11 Mar / 6:00pm


Free - Open invitation


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