McEachern Art Center presents ‘PROOF – From the Archive of ABSOLUTE COLOR’ by Gretchen Wagner


MACON, GA – McEachern Art Center (the MAC) will open its 2023-2024 gallery season with an exhibition of colorful monoprints called PROOF. The show will open on Aug. 4 with an opening reception during downtown Macon’s First Friday.

Gretchen Wagner, image courtesy of the artist.

PROOF: From the Archive of ABSOLUTE COLOR is an archive documenting artist Gretchen Wagner’s ongoing research on color as both form and content. 

The monoprints in the show address the contemporary commercialization of color and craft synthesized through printmaking and embroidery. Each varied print edition is designed to manipulate the material attributes of color and demonstrate the limitations in understanding color identity. These experiments are calculated to adjust hue, saturation and value within the confines of a specific form that evolves throughout the exhibition.

 “Color is situational, disruptive, codependent and relative. In constant flux, color is always moving from one state to another,” Wagner explains. 

This will be the first show curated by Johnny Cohen, Director of the MAC, who began July 5. “This is a vibrant start to the season – it’s bright, it’s didactic, it’s colorful,” noted Cohen, whose other shows for the 2023-2024 year will include a focus on Muscogee artists during the Ocmulgee Indigenous Festival, a Fluxus exhibition that will feature works from major artists and Mercer University’s annual senior show for graduating art students.

The opening on Aug. 4 will include a reception where attendees can meet the artist. The show will be on display until Oct. 21. The MAC is located at 332 2nd Street, Macon, GA. Admission is free and open to the public during gallery hours, 4-8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Media and educators may access the gallery outside of normal hours by appointment.