Lonely Planet Writer

Visit a vibrant house in Brooklyn where each room is painted a different colour

A unique art installation has opened in Brooklyn, New York City that allows guests to explore the interior of an eye-catching, specially-built house that features seven different rooms each decorated in a different bold colour.

The orange room at Monocrhome in New York City.
The orange room at MONOCHROME in New York City. Image by Andy Romer

Created by Cj Hendry, MONOCHROME is the Australian artist’s fifth solo exhibition, and sees her making a stark departure from her well known, hyper-realistic black and white pen drawings of objects and kitsch pop culture to explore colour.

The house contains seven rooms in total. Image byAndy Romer

“I am new to colour, not too sure if I understand it yet. Before, when I drew in black ink, all the focus was on the object because all the emotion of colour was removed. Now I stare at my drawings and feel..just different. I can’t explain it. Colour is exciting and sad and frustrating and confusing. Colour is all around us, it’s everywhere. Colour is not a physical thing, it’s a thing that describes something else,” Cj said.

The pink room at the Monochrome exhibition.
The pink room at the MONOCHROME exhibition. Image by Andy Romer

The new installation sees a 22,000-square-foot industrial space in Greenpoint being used to fit a home with seven tailored rooms in different colours, each one featuring everyday objects and art hanging on the walls. Guests can take a journey through the house to experience the visual impact that colour can have on a space.

The exhibition is a stark departure from the artist’s previous black and white drawings. Image by Andy Romer

“People generally buy art as the last item, they find art to match their home. I have become close with my collectors over the years and have noticed how differently they live their lives. 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 art is the focus, everything matches the art,” Cj said.

MONOCHROME is on display until 8 April at 276 Greenpoint Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

More of CJ Hendry’s work is available at her official website.