On show at Johans Borman Fine Art from 15 August till 19 September 2015.
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Isaac Newton provided us with the scientific basis for the understanding of colour when he proved that a prism separated white light into a continuous spectrum of colours. Newton identified 7 different colour-segments (by analogy with the 7 notes of the music scale) which he identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – the colours we would typically refer to as ‘rainbow colours’.
The human eye and brain register, perceive and respond to refracted light according to an individual’s unique physiological and psychological capacity and conditioning. It means that the context in which colours are experienced, as well as the immediate physical stimulus they evoke, will essentially determine the different realms of emotion viewers will experience. ‘SPECTRA’ sets out to explore the aesthetics of colour from diverse perspectives - encouraging viewers to explore the symbolic and metaphorical significance of colour according to their unique and individual abilities.
To maintain what has now become a trademark of JBFA, works by Modern Masters are juxtaposed with those of contemporary artists to create new dialogue and encourage new interpretations. A silkscreen by Optical Art pioneer Bridget Riley is complemented by Gavin Rain’s celebrity portraits created with concentric circles of colour, Anthony Lane’s bright tubular sculptures and Lars Fischedick’s angular panels.
Edoardo Villa’s playful portrait sculpture is juxtaposed by Wehrner Lemmer’s colourful, expressive compositions and Anton Chapman, Marlene von Dürckheim, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Nigel Mullins, Georgia Lane, Cathy Layzell, Hussein Salim and André Urbanski’s vibrant canvases.
Ceramists Hennie Meyer and Clementina van der Walt add another dimension to the exhibition with their works of ‘fired’ colour inspired by childhood memories and philosophy.
Colour impacts directly on our senses - its interpretation and influence on our mind and psyche varies in relation to our individual characters. It undoubtedly has the
ability to lift our spirits, brighten our day and inspire a positive attitude – which was what motivated us to plan this exhibition for the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Walter Battiss, Giovanna Biallo, Anton Chapman, Albert Coertse, Ben Coutouvidis, Michele Davidson, Lars Fischedick, Robert Hodgins, Eugene Labuschagne, Anthony Lane, Georgia Lane, Erik Laubscher, Cathy Layzell, Wehrner Lemmer, Hennie Meyer, Richard Mudariki, Nigel Mullins, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Gavin Rain, Bridget Riley, Hussein Salim, Jaco Sieberhagen, Andrzej Urbanski, Clementina van der Walt, Edoardo Villa, Marlene von Dürckheim, Susqya Williams