In Vivid Color Resources
These recourses are on view at Mint Museum Uptown in In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art
To celebrate Mint Museum Uptown’s tenth anniversary, In Vivid Color: Pushing the Boundaries of Perception in Contemporary Art brings together four innovative contemporary artists—Gisela Colon, Spencer Finch, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Summer Wheat—who create works celebrating the power of color and its transformative ability to permeate the space around us. Their work is juxtaposed with a selection of paintings and works on paper drawn primarily from The Mint Museum’s permanent collection that explore artists’ exploration of color in more traditional ways.
For much of her career, Gisela Colon has pushed the boundaries of materials and sculptural form, exploring how the suspended pigments in her work interact with light and the viewer’s position. The work keeps taut various tensions: hard, tactile surfaces and immaterial color and light; the traditionally gendered spaces of construction (masculine) and decoration (feminine); and the industrial materials that receive the breath of life when air inflates their forms. For this reason, she calls her work Organic Minimalism, an apt description of her objects, whose streamlined forms emerge from the simple principles of light and heat, the ingredients of primordial life.
Pioneering digital artist Jennifer Steinkamp explores the emotional and symbolic power of color through technologies that immerse the viewer in endlessly shifting abstractions. Her videos draw on the history of pattern and floral imagery—often dismissed as “decorative”—while challenging viewers to rethink their own relationships to the natural world. Steinkamp’s use of vibrant, hyper-realistic colors creates this emotional connection by triggering associations with certain flowers or times of year.
The interaction of light, color, and place—filtered through the lenses of history, science, technology, and personal experience—are the core components of Spencer Finch’s work. Sunset (South Texas, 6/21/03) was one of the earliest installations in which Finch used colored gels and fluorescent lights to evoke a specific time and place. To create it, Finch used a colorimeter to measure the electromagnetic radiation of the visible light during a San Antonio sunset. He then experimented with colored gels placed over fluorescent lights until he achieved the same reading in the studio.
The massive scale and extreme horizontality of Sunset (South Texas, 6/21/03) evokes the vastness of the physical landscape that was its source of inspiration. By bringing that experience inside, Finch creates a sense of community among viewers, possibly strangers, as they share this experience.