The Color of Water

The exhibition The Color of Water by the American artist Sarah Schorr was on view at Galleri Image from March 12 - May 23, 2021
Exhibition duration:
12-03-2021 - 23-05-2021
Medium:
Title:
The Color of Water
Artist:
Sarah Schorr
The exhibition The Color of Water by the American artist Sarah Schorr was on view at Galleri Image from March 12 - May 23, 2021 (Galleri Image reopened on 21 April, after a national lockdown)

The Color of Water is an investigation of one of our life sustaining elements: water. What is the color of water? The answer is part science and part emotion; yet the answer is elusive and shifting. Through the dual processes of examining gradations of color and gradations of emotion, Schorr follows the ephemeral refractions of light and mood in water. How will we preserve this resource for future generations?

Opaque, transparent, or translucent, entering water can delineate both a physical passage and a metaphysical pathway. The point of ingress creates surface tension. A shift in pressure causes liquid to quiver as it is pierced. Air is reduced and then removed. Sound changes: Music becomes obscured and redacted. Silver to black to emerald green: Water is often not blue. Sometimes the sea is a rolling red from deep sea algae. Assisted by the waterscape, these transitions open us to different reflective experiences, sparking introspection about attention, physicality, and mobility in our media-saturated landscape. Schorr’s work does not answer the rhetorical question: what is the color of water? Instead, this project is an invitation to engage in a process of inquiry and contemplation.

Using water as a reflecting pool for seeing color, the exhibition also includes two interactive works. “The Algorithmic Sea", a collaboration between Sarah Schorr and creative coders Gabriel Pereira and Carlos Oliveira, invites viewers to explore how both humans and computers see color. “Longing Messages,” an iterative installation work by Sarah Schorr made during Covid-19 invites participants to explore what they miss through the visual metaphor of a message in a bottle.

The exhibition features Sarah Schorr’s accordion book called “The Color of Water” which was inspired by stairways into the sea and twilight colors in Denmark. The book is published by Galleri Image and printed at Narayana Press in a signed edition of 300.

The exhibition included events that were open to the public:
The Color of Water: A virtual gallery tour with Sarah Schorr with a Q and A hosted by Aarhus University Associate Professor Stephen Joyce (Watch a video tour here)
The Algorithmic Sea: Interactive Workshop with Sarah Schorr, Gabriel Pereira, and Carlos Oliveira 

About the Artist:
Sarah Schorr is an American artist based in Aarhus, Denmark. A captivation with light, water, and modes of embodied contemplation runs through her work. Schorr’s art has been internationally exhibited since her first solo show at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City and has recently been honored by the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards at the Fotonostrum Gallery in Barcelona, Spain (2020), the director’s prize at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, USA (2020), and a Terra Foundation Fellowship residency in Giverny, France (2021). After the exhibition at Galleri Image, Schorr’s The Color of Water exhibition and book will travel to the Northern Photographic Centre in Finland in 2022.

You can visit the artist's website for more information www.sarahschorr.com

The exhibition was supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), The A.P. Møller Foundation, The William Demant Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation.