Chrominance

Photos: Erin Mallea

A video signal carries visual information through two channels, luminance, the light value, and chrominance, the color value. When combined, the signal can reproduce nearly the full spectrum of color visible to the human eye. In 1966, in what was advertised as the color revolution, network television for the first time broadcast the majority of prime time programming in full color.

Two years after that landmark season the artist’s mother appeared on an ABC game show, and over the course of several days won the grand prize, a dream house. The only remaining document of the show is a grainy black and white 16mm film, recorded directly from the studio video monitor. In CHROMINANCE, Webster imagines her mother’s brief time in the spotlight, rendering a black and white memory in full, chromatic brilliance. 

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Lee Webster makes work on American mourning and the perpetual pop-culture nostalgia machine. Webster received her BA at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She is the recipient of an Art Matters Foundation grant and a fellowship at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Her work has been exhibited and screened at The Contemporary in Austin, TX, Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, the Portland Film Festival, as well as other venues. 

Exhibition Opening:

Friday December 1st, 7–10pm

Public Hours:

December 3rd and 5th, 6 - 9pm