FIT’s ‘Consider Colour,’ is a Revolution of Self-Expression

March 18th, 2019 marked a milestone for FIT: the day that the pristine, newly renovated Pomerantz Center saw the opening of its first ever student-run exhibition, Consider Colour. A huge contrast to the clean, white interior of Pomerantz, Consider Colour, is as exactly as lively and bold as the name implies. The exhibit, curated by Photography BFA major, Danielle Paterson (or @PurpleGlitterAlien, as she as known on ~the internet~), features FIT artists such as Andrew Smalley, Beth Sacca, Nicole Plonski, Annie Petrarca, Steven Panoncillo, Belle Morizio, Ariana Kingwood, Valentina Gomez, as well as FIT Associate Professor Brian Emery, and NYC-based visual artist, Rahm Bowen. Together they bring the vibrancy of the internet into the physical realm.

The exhibit runs from until March 25th, 2019. Read my interview with Danielle Paterson below.

me playing pretend, 2019 hand-dyed photographic self-portraits on canvas
Danielle Paterson BFA, Photography 2020
(Source: daniellepaterson.com)

“Everything exists online. Once you post it, it’s immediately lost in the abyss and stuck in the buffer of the internet. And that’s just not enough for me. Our work deserves to be experienced offline, and I’m making that happen.”

This is the first student-run exhibit at FIT. What was your initial inspiration for curating an art exhibition by, and for young artists?

I curated my first exhibition, Offline, last spring to offer a platform for some of my friends and I to showcase our art in an IRL experience. The accessibility for showcasing your art in a gallery or exhibition show is such a rarity in our current culture. Everything exists online. Once you post it, it’s immediately lost in the abyss and stuck in the buffer of the internet. And that’s just not enough for me. Our work deserves to be experienced offline, and I’m making that happen.

Idiot Box, 2019 leather wool, with buttons (left)
Big Bang, 2019 pellon garment construction (right)
Steven Panoncillo AAS Fashion Design 2019
Idiot Box, 2019 (detail)

How were the artists chosen for the exhibit?

I created the concept for the show with work made by a few artists/close friends of mine in mind. I wanted a diverse group of colour signatures- we have the overly saturated, the dull and muted, the all-black, the monochrome, the neon and the pastels all covered. I also selected a professor, an outside artist, and another student I found via Instagram. I love putting my friends on, but I’m also very open to scouting new artists for my shows.

*If you are interested in being considered for one of my next shows, please email me at danielletpaterson@gmail.com

Look, 2019 cotton, silk, wool, polyester, grommets, & chains (left)
Chained, 2019 cotton, silk, wool, polyester, grommets, & chains (right)
Ariana Kingwood BFA, Menswear 2020

How do you feel that colour is reflective of the socio-political climate at the moment?

I think we’re in the midst of a revolution for self-expression. No one cares. Claim your colours. Everyone should wear what they want, be who they want and ~consider colour~ how they want.

OJ, 2019 hand-selected clothes on garment rack
Nicole Plonski BFA, Fabric Styling 2020

How was your overall experience putting together Consider Colour?

Stressful. A never ending web of communication I juggle between the artists and the school. A test to my organizational skills. Many roadblocks that required quick problem solving. All while simultaneously working on my own personal work for the show: hand dying 5 and a half feet fabric prints in the schools darkroom was…not ideal. I had some trouble convincing people that it wasn’t me who stained the photo hallway purple. Overall it was awesome. I live for the process and find fulfillment in seeing projects through from start to finish.

Thingdom, 2019 mixed media installation
Annie Petrarca BA, FBM 2020

How do you plan on exploring colour in the future?

I need to tattoo my eyeballs purple. But before that, I think I’m going to experiment more with screen-printing and other painting/printing processes. I’ve also been really into white clothing lately and how it can emphasize and work with bright colours. Since I don’t wear black, purple has always acted as my neutral. I’m trying to branch out.

me playing pretend, 2019 hand-dyed photographic self-portraits on canvas
Danielle Paterson BFA, Photography 2020
(Source: daniellepaterson.com)
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