The Process, 2013
The Artist’s experience fundamentally centers the embodiment of the artwork. Regardless of what the artwork manifests. You may perceive this animation in any way you would like, To me it is a Painting.
This Animation was shown at Bridges Exhibition at Unit24 Gallery April 18-20th 2013. For more information about Bridges Exhibition visit www.bridges-exhibition.com
Bridges Exhibition April 18 2013 at Unit24 Gallery, London
“When the sun goes down and the lights come up”
Artist and Author of Chromophobia, David Batchelor is known for his three-dimensional works, photographs, installation, paintings that relate to his long term research and interest in Colour. Batchelor has made the provocative claim that we are ‘scared of colour’. That’s what he argued in his book. It is clear to me that he has tackled colour as a notion in many of the works he has produced. Currently showing at the Hayward is the Light Show. Batchelor’s “magic hour” (2004-2007) is a set of screens illuminating vibrant colours up against the wall, only the back of all the screens were immediately visible. The light boxes radiate a halo of muliticoloured lights closely against a wall. As a viewer you could see all the wires and the work that allows lights to actually go up, the technical set-up. The sensation of being absorbed into the world of lights was fascinating. Because I dont work with lights, I was really interested in seeing how Artists have challenged the the existence and value of colour through light. I began thinking how I can push my work with other mediums. Walking around Batchelor’s ‘Magic Hour’ I was immediately drawn to look passed the wires and boxes to see and understand what the colours looked and felt like, I was amongst many glaring at the lights and numerous vibrant colours that you could not see so immediately. It shows how curious human beings are to always see the colourful side of an artwork, how colour is an important and prominent subject whether present or not. “If colour is unimportant, I began to wonder, why its so important to exclude it so forcefully?”. David Batchelor discusses how colour is ignored forcefully in his book Chromophobia, which I felt is what he did specifically at the Hayward, purposely facing the screens towards a wall so abruptly. His work was created in relation to artificial lights and the awareness of their existence. I think there was more to this piece of work in relation to colour. Why were we as viewers denied the beauty of his work. It is to attract our attention in order to continuously make his point, that people are “simultaneously both attracted to and repelled from very bright light and colour”. Chromosaturation challenges the traditional relationship between the artist and the viewer and the concept of art. I believe that David Batchelor has also created a new atmosphere of experience with the participatory aspect reguarding the viewers attraction to colour, how we as viewers were drawn to the colours with instant immediacy. This relationship between the viewer, the artist, and the work was new to me. This is something I do want to explore in my work, the depth between the viewer and the artwork is much larger than going to an exhibit and seeing pretty lights, Batchelor created an curiosity that draws the viewer to see behind it…literally