Blue Black Body: Intro
" Blue: of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day. "
" Black: of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white. "
" Body: the physical structure of a person or an animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs. "
Black and blue have always had a complex relationship. In Blue Black Body an online exhibit curated by Amari Arrindell, viewers are emersed in a blue-black world. The subjects of the artwork, all of whom are black women, are in one way or another blue. Either they are blue, feel blue, or are perceived as blue.
These women, having all absorbed light completely, are the physical embodiment of the sky and sea. A reflection of you and me, these women represent the past, present, and future.
Blue Monday, a painting by Chicago artist Annie Lee, is an accurate depiction of where we've been. The painting, a self-portrait, centers a faceless woman in an entirely blue room. Her posture lets all who face her know that she's feeling blue in a persistent state of despair.
Blue Gold Lady, a pair of pictures by artist, art historian, educator, film critic, and curator Amalia K. Amaki, depicts the present. This diptych features the close-up portrait from two points of view. The image on the left pictures the black woman like the subject of Blue Monday, entirely blue. The image on the right pictures the same black woman in her true light. The difference between the pictures is that one is negative and the other's positive. A probe into perceptions of others and self, this artwork epitomizes duality and represents the present.
Simply put, Blue Eyez On The Prize represents the future.