Speakers: John Baldessari, Daniel Buren and Bernard Marcadé
Topic: Color and Conceptualism
A conversation to explore the ways in which artists use color, whether by chance, through systems, or in the context of everyday life. With artists John Baldessari and Daniel Buren, andBernard Marcadé, art critic, freelance curator, and professor of art history and aesthetics at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts of Paris-Cergy. Moderated by Ann Temkin, curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. In conjunction with the exhibit Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today
Rating: This event posed more questions then it provided answers. Good thing, but it fell short of defining color and conceptualism within art. It allowed these two great artists to present their work and discuss how they use color but it did not address or expand on the evening’s topic.
“In the past if you were using black, white and grey you were considered a serious painter but in using color you were considered a decorative painter.” -JB
“We had to escape our own good taste” -JB
“If you make up rules before you paint then that is conceptual- If you make up rules after you paint then that is aesthetic” -JB
“You can not describe color. The words fail and are meaningless. Color is pure thought. No words or description can replace color. There are very few things this world like that.” -DB
“I have a tendency towards color so I find an artificial way to choose and associate colors. For example using the color wheel will dictate a sequence of colors within a piece.” -DB
I’m curious how the idea of color conceptualism relates to my process as a web designer. In web design there is a practice of “grey boxing” when you create a layout that is absent of color – just black white and grey. The thought is that you do not want, as a designer or a client, to be persuaded by color. The main objective is to communicate the content/message/brand in
the most efficient and effective way and you want to avoid color “getting in
the way”. This process seems more akin to a reductive/minimalist movement then a conceptual approach to color within design. So should web designers think of color in a conceptual way or does our medium prohibit this kind of exploration?
I can only think of shaun inman approaching color within web design in a conceptual manner.
nice contemporary work relating to color:
finch and yuskavage