Inside CJ Hendry's Vibrant New York Exhibition

MONOCHROME features seven rooms, each decorated in the same Pantone shades.
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Monochromatic styling is indeed spring's latest trend

Known for her black and white pen drawings, artist CJ Hendry stands by her monochromatic aesthetic for her fifth solo exhibition, only this time in bold colors. Set in a 22,000 sq. ft. space in Greenpoint, New York, Hendry designed a seven-room home around her pen-drawn Pantone cards. 

"By drawing crumpled colored cards I have given color a physicality and form," she explained. 

MONOCHROME is inspired by Hendry's art collectors who she's become close to throughout her career. “Art is the first thing they add to a space and they design their entire home around their collection. I have taken this concept to an extreme level. Each room has been designed to emulate the art on the wall," the young artist said. 

At the preview on Tuesday evening, the Greenpoint industrial building looked like any other Brooklyn structure from the outside. But the whole experience really started on the way leading to the exhibition. Hendry teased us with bright yellow dots pasted along a colorless alley, and through a huge service-like elevator up to the fourth floor. Then past the white brick wall greeted a living room: an explosion of bright blue shades of furniture and accents. The immersive color experience also followed a red dining area, a green kitchen, and a yellow bedroom (with matching-colored condoms on the bedside table). Not to mention a purple bathroom, a pink playroom fluffed out in plush toys and dildos, and an orange office. Go bold or go home (or both, in this case). 

“Color is exciting and sad and frustrating and confusing," said Hendry. "Color is all around us, it’s everywhere. Color is not a physical thing, it’s a thing that describes something else."

Experimenting with color is a new territory for Hendry. She debuted her first colorful art last year, at Hong Kong's Art Basel in collaboration with Christian Louboutin. Before that, her black and white hyperrealistic drawings have been popular on Instagram, even in the likes of Kanye West

After the preview, Hendry took us to her studio just a few minutes walk away. Though excited about showing her exhibition to the public, she's already planning on the next one. We can't wait. 


MONOCHROME opens its doors on April 5 to April 8, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 276 Greenpoint Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

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