The dynamism of colour: its potential and function are seemingly endless.
With an ability to evoke spirituality, emotion and narrative- it is a powerful force. A universal language, paradoxically entrenched with personal attributes. Smeared with memories and smudged onto the senses, particular colours are similarly able to stand in sanctity to individuals. The possibilities that come with colour have always been embraced and explored by artists, notably the works of Mondrian and Kandinsky, where the prevalence of colour manifests itself in starkly contrasting forms.
Re:Coloured seeks to re-visit, re-explore and re-imagine these potentials and powers that pigment holds over the viewer, and the artists that give it prominence in their work. Five artists show in the 541 Art Space, all working diversely with colour across various mediums to produce works that illustrate the influence of colour on production and perception. Still prevalent, still poignant; colour continues to play a major part in the contemporary visual arts, as these five artists demonstrate. Re:Coloured shows that there is no deceleration, or fading, to the phenomenon and effect of colour.
Meghan Rauch is an artist driven by her research in colour theory and linguistic relativity, Rauch’s practice is shaped by the cultural eye, psyche and perception of colour in the environment. Rauch works primarily with organic materials to create rich and immersive colourfield environments.
Claire Nakazawa an eclectic and intuitive painter with a style that expresses themes of identity, sexuality, vulnerability and connection. Claire often takes inspiration from her heritage and the transitional, personal and raw nature of her art-making process. Her use of colour is reflective of these primitive forms of expression, alluding to her own connections to particular colours.
Daniel O’Toole who investigates the traversing of mediums; negotiating the crossover between painting, and the moving image. Colour plays a key part in the elusivity of his subjects; in concealing their identity, drenching them in colour to emote personal and potential narratives within his viewers. Similarly carrying with it a connection to the painted portrait in its selected colour palette, highly different to the spectrum visible in most video works.
Doug Schofield explores concepts around physical and perceptual boundaries that exist between people and the organic materialisation, or natural environments, around them. Sharp edged geometric shapes, bold and fluro colours operate within gestural and reductionist style landscapes. Using sharp colour and form he creates visual shifts in his work, glitches, that disrupt and agitate the viewer’s perception of landscape and the connoted colours attached to it.
Mie Nakazawa uses intuitive mark making using a range of mixed media. Predominately working with black and white imagery for the last five years, Mie has started to explore the endless possibilities of colour in an interesting aesthetic shift to her practice.