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COLOR FILMS

The COLOR FILMS series was conceived as I was preparing to use these pure color films in conjunction with another set of film images (see my Architecture archives for examples of this). As I was arranging the colors in horizontal and vertical configurations to see how they worked together…

 
COLOR FILMS 4c,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x 42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 4c, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x 42” - 2019

COLOR FILMS

The pieces in the COLOR FILMS series document color palettes and compositions I make from photographs of pure color that I shoot with my medium format camera on analog transparency film. The transparency films (commonly known as “slide” film) are approximately 2.5” x 3.5”, and unlike a film negative, when viewed with light you can see the precise, exact image in full color.

The COLOR FILMS series is an homage to the meditative nature the compositions possess as subjects in their own right, and to the intensity of the neo-classical color palette present in the photographs. I drew inspiration from the painter Mark Rothko, whose monolithic “color field” paintings quietly impose a transcendence in the viewer through the color and scale, and I use the COLOR FILMS to partially emulate that aesthetic in my compositions. I chose to keep the black film frames to highlight the physicality (and scale) of the objects when presented larger than life in the prints. For the interplay of the colors, I wanted deep, realistic tones in the film photographs that invoke the color we actually see with our eyes, so I produced a color palette inspired by the intense hues found in 17th century Dutch Baroque art (think Dutch still life paintings), which set standards for naturalism in color that is yet unequaled.

 
COLOR FILMS 5,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 5, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

 
COLOR FILMS 12,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES  28”x20”  AND  42”x30”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 12, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES 28”x20” AND 42”x30” - 2019

 
COLOR FILMS 11,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES  28”x20”  AND  42”x30”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 11, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES 28”x20” AND 42”x30” - 2019

COLOR FILMS 12,    PICTURED 42”x30”

COLOR FILMS 12, PICTURED 42”x30”

 
COLOR FILMS 2,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 2, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

COLOR FILMS 1,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 1, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

COLOR FILMS   SERIES INSTALLATION, PICTURED 42”x30” FRAMED

COLOR FILMS SERIES INSTALLATION, PICTURED 42”x30” FRAMED

 
COLOR FILMS 10,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 10, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

COLOR FILMS 10,    PICTURED 30”x42” FRAMED

COLOR FILMS 10, PICTURED 30”x42” FRAMED

 
COLOR FILMS 8,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 8, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

 
COLOR FILMS 3,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 3, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

 
COLOR FILMS DIALECTICS 3,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES  20”x28”  AND  30”x42”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS DIALECTICS 3, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT - GICLEE PRINT SIZES 20”x28” AND 30”x42” - 2019

COLOR FILMS DIALECTICS 3,    PICTURED 30”x42” FRAMED

COLOR FILMS DIALECTICS 3, PICTURED 30”x42” FRAMED

 
COLOR FILMS 16,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES  28”x20”  AND  42”x30”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 16, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES 28”x20” AND 42”x30” - 2019

COLOR FILMS 14,   TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES  28”x20”  AND  42”x30”  - 2019

COLOR FILMS 14, TRANSPARENCY FILM PRINT • GICLEE PRINT SIZES 28”x20” AND 42”x30” - 2019

 

COLOR FILMS come in two sizes: the 20" x 28" pieces are printed on museum-grade Ilford Gallerie Prestige photo paper, while the 30" x 42" pieces are editioned at 5 and are printed on museum-grade Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a white cotton paper. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing prints or commissioning larger sizes for your project. A full catalog, pricelist and samples are available upon request.

Green Circles, 2019, an example of the work I only publicize in my newsletter.

Green Circles, 2019, an example of the work I only publicize in my newsletter.