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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Jacqueline Humphries

Blacklight, 2005 – 2020

March 30, 2020

Jacqueline Humphries, Painting, 2019

FROM THE ARCHIVE | Jacqueline Humphries, Blacklight

 

 

Jacqueline Humphries began experimenting with black lights in 2005. Riffing off of the fluorescent hues and ultraviolet light that colored psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s and 1970s, Humphries seeks to make high art out of this lowbrow form of image making. Employing the distinct photophysics of fluorescent and metallic pigments, Humphries captures subtleties of light and motion activated by the viewing experience.

 

For her current exhibition at Dia’s Dan Flavin Art Institute, Humphries produced an immersive installation, comprising new paintings and three-dimensional objects created with mold casting, 3-D printing, and laser cutting techniques. Borrowing the artist’s own words, there’s an “edge of the world-ness” to the objects on view. 

 

Sea shells, driftwood, and plywood boards made purely of pigmented resin are awash in the exhibition’s blacklight. They exude a powerful glow, as if from the inside out, illumining tensions between nature and artifice. Additionally, the artist casts some of the objects from found materials and 3D prints others with files downloaded from online repositories. Retaining a high degree of topographical detail, the surfaces of objects are inflected with Humphries’ painterly treatments ranging from ghost-like transparency to brilliant and opaque monochrome, inspiring diffuse connections: from aquariums to Flavin’s fluorescent tube lights. The environment that Humphries prepares—dark, dotted with eye-popping color, and populated with forms that exist in the netherworld between object and image—defies expectations set for gallery space. 

 

Learn more about this body of work by listening to this conversation with artists Jacqueline Humphries, Rachel Harrison and Charline von Heyl.

 

 

Jacqueline Humphries, Painting, 2019. Installed at the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York.

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York.

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. 

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, "Spot On" at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2019

Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Unlimited, Basel, 2016

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, â€‹Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view Jacqueline Humphries, ​Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Jacqueline Humphries at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Jacqueline Humphries at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2015

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Black Light Paintings at NYEHAUS, New York, 2006

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Black Light Paintings at NYEHAUS, New York, 2006

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Black Light Paintings at NYEHAUS, New York, 2006

Jacqueline Humphries, Installation view, Black Light Paintings at NYEHAUS, New York, 2006

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