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Chair is one of 15 color photographs by Lisa Kessler, a lecturer in studio art, on display last fall in the O’Neill Level Three Gallery. The exhibition, titled Seeing Pink, drew from a series of some 80 photographs started in 2007 to capture appearances of the color, which Kessler describes as “jam-packed with all kinds of meanings, many of them conflicting.” Also pictured were cakes, neon signs, a picket fence, and the all-pink opposing men’s locker room at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. Chair was taken in 2012 with a point-and-shoot camera. It was a “turn-the-car-around” encounter according to Kessler, who spotted this scene on a back road in western Massachusetts a few days before the Fourth of July.