GALLERY ACTION The series of paintings and painted objects will be installed in the South West corner of the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
ACTION 1: Warm light and canvas curtain. To enter the gallery, attendees will first walk through a sheet of canvas that will block the entrance archway. A warm light with orange undertone will welcome the attendees.
ACTION 2: Paintings and painted objects A series of paintings (1 – 72 x 60″ and a possibility of 8 – 20 x 18″) and painted cardboard boxes (flattened and 3D) ranging in colour gradient from sapphire to turquoise as well as warm white to yellowy beige.
ACTION 3: Horizon Line Every paintings and objects painted in the beige tones will be installed above the horizon line while everything in the shades of blues will be installed below the horizon line.
The horizon line will be visible from the colour organization of the two walls. It will be visually echoed in the installation by 3 paintings with a geometrical composition that offers an horizontal band which will be installed along the same axis.
ACTION 4: Sound Sound of a similar Mediterranean beach was found and I am considering playing it during the preview day to see how it feels.
IMPORTANT DATES Wednesday Dec 1st: Installation day Thursday Dec 2nd 9-5pm: Preview day. Staff, faculty and students are invited to the gallery. Friday Dec 3rd: Final critique with artist Landon Mackenzie. Saturday Dec 4th 9-5pm: The public will be invited to the exhibition on
The context During a recent trip to Greece I visited the same semi-private beach on a daily basis and observed the ever changing colour of the sea. From the moment I could perceive the sea from the above stairs, to when I was swimming in it, my perception and understanding of the colour kept on changing. While sitting on the edge of the water, it was a beautiful gradient of light blue to turquoise. And yet, upon swimming in it the colour changed to a deep blue leaning towards sapphire. The only constant being the horizon line that grounded me and offered a point of reference. From the horizon line I could understand the turquoise nuances by comparing it to the elements surrounding it, rather it be the sky, the cliffs around the water or the cityscape that embraced the water in a far distance. Logically I understand that the sea is blue due to the absorption and scattering of light which changes depending on my angle of view. And yet, I can’t make sense of it and find myself dazzled by its ever changing beauty.
Everyday, I returned to the same beach and everyday the water offered a different variation of blues and turquoises. One day we met the fellow who lives above the cliffs in a house overlooking the sea. In our conversation, he said something that stayed with me. “Today, the water is very special, very special today.” What made it special to him? Was it the colour? The calmness? The reflection? Or this current moment? I felt and related to that specialness. It is with that memory in my mind that I started the new production of paintings.
The reference images or memories of
The research within the exhibit space: Warm lights and horizon line
Studio research: Colour, horizon line, form and warm light Turquoise, Ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow, Titanium white and raw umber.
Studio research with warm light
Painting the foundation for large piece
It is now time to stretch the large piece, Blue Element #1 and run some lighting test.
Next images will be installation test :). Exciting.
SCHEDULE FOR VIEWING: Installation: Wednesday Dec 1st Preview: Thursday Dec 2nd Critique: Friday Dec 3rd, Invited artist: Landon Mackenzie Exhibition open to the public: Saturday Dec 4th , 9-5pm