Artist CJ Hendry, mostly known for her black and white works, opened her latest exhibition titled MONOCHROME in a Brooklyn warehouse, and though the rooms are all about a color, she admits her unease with the newfound medium. The Monochrome Trend is not new, we started taking about tone-on-tone palettes already back in 2016, but it seems still to be highly inspirational for several creative disciplines.
I am new to color, not too sure if I understand it yet. Before, when I drew in black ink all the focus was on the object because all the emotion of color was removed. Now I stare at my drawings and feel…just different. I can’t explain it.- CJ Hendry
Hendry designed seven different monochrome rooms as a multi sensory walk-through experience in which guests can experience each color individually and fully immerse themselves in it.
I have discussed at several workshops the fascination of tone-on-tone schemes. When working with a monochrome palette and its different hues, color seems to be applied through different dimensions creating volumes. The color itself becomes somehow physical and pops of the scenery. The experience when walking into one of these rooms is multi-sensorial, not only you see color, but actually want to touch it, it becomes tactile! And we all know how important still the Tactile Trends is and our need to connect through our finger tips.
This is probably the reason we have been seeing this trend for the past two years, everything involved multi-level sense experiences are still attractive to be explored just a bit more. Color is not understand as a plain expression by some artists and creatives but get physical.
Photos by Andy Romer
The 30-year old, who arrived in New York from Brisbane, Australia three years ago, did not attend art school. She studied accounting and finance at university and attempted to attend architecture school. I did not feel quite right fit, so she continued her pursuit of drawing. In order to achieve such an ambitious undertaking, she says she releases a series of her drawings about once or twice a year, and likes to funnel the money back into projects like Monochrome.