Despite ‘pale’ yellow being used as an umbrella term, it can specifically refer to several colours: Isabelline, antimony, flaxen, sulphur and primrose. These shades of yellow appear in nature, the pharmaceutical industry, design choices in fashion and the decorative arts, and legal notices.
For this exhibition, Seaward has collected objects and explored sources from disparate socio-historic contexts, from Jasper-ware to Xanax – their unifying factor being their colour. Using a conceptually holistic approach, the artist demonstrates how everything in the show is connected to one another in a somewhat absurd exercise, but in doing so proves the innate poetic relationships things have embedded within them.
From these relationships spring histories and tales, from a Spanish Queen who refused to wash her underwear to Charles Darwin’s penchant for eating exotic meats. Viewers can choose to follow the meandering narrative of the exhibition or discover their own path through.
Victor Seaward is a London based recent graduate from the Royal College of Art where he studied Painting. Recent exhibitions include: Outlines Roughly the Size of a Suit, Union Gallery, London; To The Core, White Crypt, London; The Metallurgical Ouroboros, Gossamer Fog, London; Arc. curated by Kris Day, Herrick Gallery, London; Les Mains Dans Les Poches, Pierre Poumet, Bordeaux; Spring Syllabus, J Hammond Projects, London. Victor was a recipient of the Valerie Beston grant at the Royal College of Art and in August will have a solo show at Recent Activity, Birmingham.