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"Chroma," the debut exhibition of the Work in Progress contemporary art gallery, is a rainbow of works from nine international emerging artists. Surrounded by whimsical colors, viewers are brought back to earth by the gallery's location, an abandoned floor of the Starco building, its concrete walls, peppered with holes and littered with red spray paint, hint at past attempts at renovation.Farida El Solh, the founder of WIP and curator of "Chroma," expressed her wish for Lebanese art to play a role in making the present times brighter. The bright hues of each piece hanging in "Chroma" are intensified by the grey, dilapidated quality of their setting, and the grey concrete space's sheer scale nearly balances the colorful art.You must explore the space to find the art, like one lively painting by the Los Angeles-based artist Ammon Rost -- tucked away in the white-tiled remnants of an old bathroom, reached by ducking through a gaping hole in the enclosing wall.
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