BLUES series

BLUES (detail)  82 panels on four wall encircling the gallery: oil-based alkyd enamel screenprint and paint on birch plywood, each panel 12" x 16" x 1.5", 1998. Various collections including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY NY.

BLUES series

A color is one thing.  A name is another. The problem of naming colors is the problem of poetry: how to describe one thing in terms of another. A particular blue called “Forever.” Another called “The Blues.” Already metaphor is hard at work. It’s poetry written by commerce. These names are drawn from the color systems of many different paint companies. Thousands of colors to name, number and sell. But since each company devises its own system, you might find two or three different colors that share the same name, or two different names for the same color. Each system is a labyrinth and a bureaucracy. The more specific it gets, the less certain it becomes. The more you see, the less you know. (PW, 1998)

BLUES series

BLUES (detail), 1998

BLUES series

BLUES (detail), 1998

BLUES series

BLUES (detail), 1998

BLUES series

BLUES  36" x 24" alkyd, pure pigments & bar code stickers on cotton rag, 1998

Residue drawing created during the mixing of paint colors for the installation BLUES.

BLUES series