Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, oil, 76-3/8″ x 51″. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY.
Color affects your behavior, moods, and thoughts. Your reactions to colors are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experiences. A certain color has the ability to soothe your frazzled nerves, agitate a hostile adversary, motivate and empower you to take action, and also to bring healing energy when you need it. As Wassily Kandinsky proclaimed, “Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.” from The Power Of Color
‘The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables’, a still life series by photographer Maciek Jasik. The thick exteriors of produce are punctured, allowing vibrant smoke to spill out and billow into mysterious clouds of colour. The juxtaposition of hue is beautiful and each photograph creates a surreal, magical little world where one can truly believe that an eggplant or a carnival squash has a secret life beyond the grocery store bin. (images via maciek jasik; spotted on designboom)
In the book Color by Victoria Finley " Journalist Finlay travels the world in search of ancient sources of natural colors, recounting along the way the surprising chemical processes by which everything from stones to insects to mummies have been transformed into precious pigments for paint, dyes, and varnish. In pursuit of art's first color, ochre, Finlay goes to Australia, offering, as she does in each location, an agile and entertaining then-and-now look at a place, a people, and a color and its uses and acquired meaning. Explication of red made from cochineal beetles inspires a compelling tale that stretches from Central America to Scotland, and wry humor abounds in her search for a yellow allegedly once made in India from the urine of mango-leaf-eating cows and coverage of sundry poisonous pigments. Her quest for blue brought Finlay to Afghanistan in 2000, where she was the first woman ever to tour a 7,000-year-old lapis lazuli mine, and one of the last Westerners to see the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan. Curious social mores, serendipitous science, and lots of skulduggery are all part of the rich spectrum Finlay so cheerfully illuminates". Donna Seaman
Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of studio Floto+Warner have a true talent for bringing striking colour to natural landscapes. Their 2012 coloured smoke series is simply lovely. Floto+Warner have a new similarly compelling series named “Colourant” featuring vibrant water-based liquids photographed mid-air at a speed of 1/3,200th of a second. The bold splashes are frozen, becoming complex sculptures of colour and gloss. (photographs by floto+warner; spotted on colossal)
Are you drawn to a particular color?