Color, Deep

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Of all the delicious things in the world — chocolate chip cookies with pecans, vegetable tempura, green peas and butter  — there’s nothing I love more than color. OK, OK, mixing metaphors, but I find a combination of red and magenta both filling and nutritious.  A flock of golden daffodils. The early yellow-green of deciduous — I feel I can inhale great whuffs of it. With color I’m a synesthesiac, every sense I taste with I color with as a verb.

 

The Florida photographer Jude Infantini, Artist & Emu Connoisseur, has some color studies I keep thinking about. In particular the image above, the mix of fruit and vegetable so drenched in black that they’re practically unreadable — and yet the pleasure is in discovering that this display consists of colors opposite on the color wheel — red and green. Supreme color opposites. Actually the pairing I think most about. But here the artist has made so much of darkness he distracts you from the hues.  Red and green with so much pitch black that you marvel at their sameness. Not contrast, not your normal peppy jalapino and cherry. Darkness.

 

 

 

Long ago I read that Renaissance masters used gray to stand in for many other colors. Now I understand.

 

 

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esprit de l’escalier   It occurs to me that among Infanitini’s ploys is to site his arrangement on screaming red. This makes the contrast between intense saturation and an extreme of dark to light. Or not about red versus green but between color and shades of no color at all. I never went to art school so forgive me some naivety at times.

 

 

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Jude is found on unsplash.com, my newest favorite public domain image source.

Jude’s page is here.

 

 

 

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After last week’s post about liquid colored light I’ve wondered if you could mix them and how they might be used in art.  Piped through a mesh of glass tubing? Trapped in chambers left inside glass objects? In clothing dyes — once the materials are less toxic.

Here are some coloring strategies you can’t source at an art supply house.

Murano glass vase. via Vaunte. https://www.vaunte.com/items/murano-brown-bowl-873982980?medium=HardPin&source=Pinterest&campaign=type534&utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=Hellosociety&utm_campaign=type534&utm_content=1270

Murano glass vase. via Vaunte.

 

Cold Construction | Cesty skla / Ways of glass/ Martin Rosol and Pavel Novák, USA. via Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/537054324295280105/

Cold Construction | Cesty skla / Ways of glass/ Martin Rosol and Pavel Novák, USA. via Pinterest.

Double Shadow Concrete/ Plexiglas/ Agate Slice 8"x 8" x 7" 6.2011 . via https://www.estherruiz.com/sculpture.html

Esther Ruiz, Double Shadow.  Concrete/ Plexiglas/ Agate Slice
8″x 8″ x 7″. via estherruiz.

 

 James Turrell, Gathered Light. LED light, etched glass, shallow space. Aperature size 86 x 48 inches, runtime approx 2.5 hours. via kaynegriffincorcoran. https://www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/artist/view/1/james-turrell/

James Turrell, Gathered Light. LED light, etched glass, shallow space. Aperature size 86 x 48 inches, runtime approx 2.5 hours. via kaynegriffincorcoran.

 

James Turrell light installation. via Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/311381761716186745/

James Turrell light installation. via Pinterest.

 

Paintless color play

Environment Chromatic-Interferences: Interactive Space by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Solo Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong (China), 2010.  via Pinterest.

 

Paintless color play

Amy Friend , Set Design. via Pinterest.

 

paintless color play

Julia Dault, ‘Untitled 27’ (2013). Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). via bamboobangga.

 

Paintless color play

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson presents his work called ‘Your Chance Encounter’.  Eliasson explores and plays with the architecture and functionality of the museum walls, bringing the institution to life, changing its rooms and corridors through his use of light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog. via LUZ BRANCA.

 

Paintless color play

CMYK light bulb that casts coloured shadows by Dennis Parren. [All colored light sources cast colored shadows.] via Pinterest, via Dezeen.

Paintless color play

Colours Photo by *Corrie* on Flickr I like the way the colours turned out in this one. Yellow food dye in the drop and blue water in the drip tray. Blue gel on one flash and a red and yellow gel on the other. Pretty much as shot. Sunset Splash. via Flickr.

 

OK, I got hooked last week at the liquid luminous color, but finished the thought yesterday seeing the intelligent and subtle color effects obtained by profesonal fruit carvers.  Peel, underflesh, colored flesh.

Paintless color play

Huffington Post, Carved Watermelon. via Pinterest.

 

via garnishedfoodblog. https://www.garnishfoodblog.com/2013/07/beach-theme-wedding.html

Carved fruit.  via garnishedfoodblog.

Here you have a wee pinch of color strategies available to the artist. One hundred blogposts couldn’t do justice to them all.

Color’s one of the most luxurious of sensations. I started by painting my house modernist white from first floor on up.  Whoa, depressing.  Now there are rooms from apricot to deep purple, yellowgreen to mild magenta, yowsa red to vivid lemon. The heart soars here now.

My friends, have fun.

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I’ve been out of town for a week enjoying Florida wildlife and palmy views.  Today’s blog focuses on beauty rather than art — an article this month in Nature Magazine about nanolights has made my eyeballs grin.

The nanolight revolution — virus-sized particles that fluoresce in every color 

A rainbow of liquid light.

Nanolight, a new field of study producing liquids in glowing colors. via Nature.

My first reaction is art material! but more practical types are thinking television displays and cancer treatment.

At Biopolis, a sprawling research complex in Singapore, Chi Ching Goh leans over an anesthetized mouse lying on the table in front of her, and carefully injects it with a bright yellow solution. She then gently positions the mouse’s ear underneath a microscope, and flips a switch to bathe the ear in ultraviolet light. Seen through the microscope’s eyepiece, the illumination makes the blood underneath the skin glow green, tracing the delicate vessels that carry the solution through the creature’s body.

Chi Ching Goh is focused on pinpointing blood vessels made leaky by inflammation. Stroke prediction, malaria research. I imagine art that changes guise under varying fluorescent lights.

 

Feast your eyes. Next week I’ll again showcase an admirable artist.

 

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