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Extreme White
Canvas Print with Glow in the Dark Paint, 2018, 24"H x 36"W x 1.5"D.
In "Extreme White" (2018), a white gun is photographed on a white background, leaving little distinction between where the gun stops and where the white background begins. The gun has been painted with glow-in-the-dark paint, in darkness the white background turns black and the gun becomes electric green. When this work is installed in an exhibition, it is labeled so that the materials used are available for the viewers to recognize. However, viewers are unable to experience the work in darkness, because the effect of the glow-in-the-dark paint is blocked by the lights in the gallery. The intention of this work is to offer the viewer the opportunity to scrutinize white privilege. "Extreme White" (2018) is a piece that might look obvious and simply at first glance, but it is also a piece in which the viewers are blocked the opportunity to appreciate all the characteristics it offers. By not allowing viewers to see how the work transforms but letting them know that I does, I give them a disadvantage, and trigger the audience to think about how white privilege feels like.

Donated By Ileana Hernandez