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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present 7 Grays, an exhibition organized by Dan Walsh. The exhibition will open on January 8 and will remain on view through February 9, 2002, at 521 West 21st Street.

Conceived as a half-scientific, half-carnivalesque exploration of the color gray, the exhibition will consist of two parts. On one side of the room, a sequence of seven stalls will present the formal, investigative aspect of the show. Each stall will contain a single work consisting of the color gray approached through seven different mediums.

Around these seven grays, Walsh will bring together a variety of works reflecting on color theory in a free-wheeling, playful manner. This aspect of the show will include painterly riffs on the color spectrum in media as varied as tile, wood relief, fluorescent light, and glass. In addition, giant binoculars will invite the viewer to experience the perceptual blending of five different colors.

At the heart of the exhibition is Dan Walsh’s interest in studies of perception and their relevance for contemporary art. Can a perceptual experience co-exist or intersect with an awareness of the historical and cultural conditions that govern the viewing of art? One of the aims of the exhibition will be to examine the shifting meanings inherent in the perception of various optical phenomena.

Among many artists participating in the exhibition are Rick Briggs, Rudolf de Crignis, Stephen Ellis, Martina Klein, Bill Komoski, Ruth Lauer, Daniel Levine, Vera Lutter, Matthew McCaslin, Olivier Mosset, Amy O’Neill, Michael Rhodes, and Michael Scott.

Dan Walsh was born in Philadelphia in 1960. He lives and works in New York. His paintings have recently been shown in a one-person show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and he will show graphic works at the MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2002.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or