N.A.I.L.S. (Neighborhood Artists in Logan Square) is making its mark on the color explosion at New Wave Coffee (2557 N. Milwaukee Avenue) with its first exhibition. The CMYK Show runs through Sunday, March 15, when you’ll have a chance to meet many of the artists at the Closing Artists’ Reception.
CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black), the four colors of ink used in traditional offset printing. Much like printers use these four colors in varying ratios to create millions of colors, participating N.A.I.L.S. artists have used them in varying ratios, concentrations and media to form the basis of an eclectic show.
In offset printing, the printer separates a color picture into four separate images of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Some of the N.A.I.L.S. artists chose to represent this deconstructed state of CMYK (photo below).
In the printing process, the four color plates are then each printed onto a page to combine to form the original full color picture. Other N.A.I.L.S. artists are showing the possibilities of the combined colors varying in tone, intensity and hue.
Speaking of tone, intensity and hue, The CMYK Show will not go gently into the night, but will go out with energy and exuberance at next Sunday’s closing reception from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. DJ El Rebel X spins world music layered with spoken word samples, spoken-word artist Mars Caulton weaves story and sound, and singer-songwriter Camilo Quitze Quintano performs an acoustic set.