‘343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project’


So you thought the movie “27 Dresses” was a big deal? Try this on for size: There will be 343 dresses on display—no, that’s not a typo—at Verge Center for the Arts’ newest exhibition, Los Angeles-based artist Mary Younakof’s “343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project.” A reception on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. kicks off the exhibition, which runs through Oct. 26.

The number seven figures prominently in this innovative exhibit, as each dress is composed of seven pieces, and the color palette is based on the seven colors of the rainbow. By extending the colors into 49 tones, Younakof created 343 different-colored dresses (49 X 7 = 343), and then wore each of them over a 343-day period, heading into different pockets of L.A. to interact with the environment. These forays were videotaped and shared on the Internet and, ultimately, in her exhibition, which combines video, photography, performance, sculpture, installation and interactive art. “Each of the videos explores the color and nature of the color while immersed in a local color icon,” wrote Kyle Fitzpatrick of the website Los Angeles I’m Yours. “It’s pretty awesome.”

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What: “343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project”
Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento
When: Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; exhibition runs through Oct. 26
Cost: Free