In these recent paintings and light works Caroline List explores formal compositions through colour contrast and light. The surface and colour within her work sets up a spatial language, a visual tension between flatness, illusory space and chromatic value. These mixed media works play with the simulation of space within painting, creating a dialogue between the original painting and its virtual reproduction. This is particularly relevant in a time when the viewer’s experience of ‘Art’ is often seen through the interface of the screen.
Colour relationships are explored through tonal gradations and complementary contrast. Colour theorist such as Michael Eugene Chevreul (1786 – 1889) whose writings on simultaneous colour contrast influenced many painters throughout art history, have informed some of the colour conversations in Light Chroma.
David Batchelor writes in ‘The Luminous and the Grey’ (2014) about the velocity of colour, describing grey as suspended in space no longer white but not yet black.
‘If luminous colours are the most fleeting the most ephemeral and the most fugitive then grey is the sloth and the slug of colours’ p.69.
The chromatic value of the work is seen in contrast to both the monochromatic greyscales and sprayed veils of paint. Atmospheric space is in dialogue with flatness and dense blackness. These spatial horizons make reference to natural phenomena and landscape space, creating luminous visual horizons within the push and pull of the picture plane.
This inquiry into colour and light is further explored in the backlit LED Tondo light boxes, which combine painting with the illusory space of photography. These Porthole vignettes reference the selective viewpoint of the lens and the virtual space of painting. The reproduction and simulated luminosity of these backlit images question the relationship with their painted counterparts.
Many Thanks for the support of
Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design ( UAL Refresh funding )
Space Studios : Breathing Space Bursary ( Artist Development fund)
Copy Caroline List 2018