Adrien Broom, A World of Color, 2015; digital print on fabric, 40 x 63 inches; Courtesy of the artist
A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, with Oklahoma Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Aug. 17, 2022) — Oklahoma City Communication College is hosting a family-friendly, interactive exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the entire spectrum of the rainbow. “A Colorful Dream” opens Sept. 1.
“OCCC aims to enrich the lives of students, staff and the community at large. One of the ways we do that is by fostering a thriving arts environment,” said OCCC President Dr. Mautra Staley Jones. “We are proud to offer Oklahoma City residents an opportunity to actively engage in the arts through this exhibit.”
“A Colorful Dream,” by contemporary fine art photographer Adrien Broom, features photographs detailing a young girl as she discovers a series of monochromatic fantasy worlds exploring the rich hues and associations that people have with colors.
“We are excited to host Adrien Broom’s work here at OCCC,” said Lemuel Bardeguez, OCCC Director of Cultural Programs. “The colors in this exhibit are intense and stir emotions in the viewer, while at the same time, creating a space for all ages to enjoy the photography.”
Broom is a contemporary fine art and commercial photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. Broom’s fine art photography often alludes to themes of childhood fantasy, using young women as protagonists. Her commercial work includes music, fashion, and portrait photography.
To create the exhibit, Broom constructed eight individual sets composed of objects evoking the essence of each respective color. She then photographed a young girl exploring and traveling through each world, passing through small portals that lead her on a journey through a red world, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and lastly a rainbow encompassing all the colors.
The images were not put together using photo-editing software, but are the result of hours of hard work, so what the viewer sees is what was in front of the camera’s lens during the shoot.
In addition to 40 photographic images, the exhibition includes time-lapse videos showing the process of constructing the sets for the photographs, which offers insight into Broom’s creative process and the production required to bring these images to life.
“A Colorful Dream” opens Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 20 in the Inasmuch Foundation Gallery inside OCCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Center. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call for reservations outside scheduled hours. Admission is free.