Terry Rosenberg: Colors of War
April 14 to May 22, 2011
Remis Sculpture Court
Terry Rosenberg: Colors of War, a two-part exhibition of digital
prints and digital slideshow, features 18 prints and an 11 min.
slideshow from a larger series completed by the artist between 2008
and 2009. Charged buzzwords, such as "democracy" and "terrorism,"
"indigenous" and "multicultural" are graphically manipulated and
then contrasted visually within fields of bold colors. "Each
painting is formally worked to find a structural origin and poetic
links between opposing forces," says the New York-based painter.
Rosenberg's designs conjure the kind of binary thinking credited
with begetting conflicts, wars, and violent domination.
Rosenberg uses the typological language of advertising and invokes a
propagandistic tone in his representation of words as opposing
concepts. His ingenious and varied pictorial treatments of these
opposing terms undermines the implied flatness of the words as
images on a surface, by graphically suggesting dimension and depth.
"While deploying the coercive logic of binarism," states philosopher
Richard Shusterman, chair of Humanities at Florida Atlantic
University, "Rosenberg's Colors of War demystifies and undermines it
in different ways."