The COLOR FILMS series is an attempt to document and catalog the color palettes I make from the individual color shots when I’m looking at them on my light table. It was conceived one evening as I was preparing to use these colors in conjunction with some landscape films. As I was arranging the colors in horizontal and vertical configurations to see how they worked together, I was really struck by the simple beauty of the assemblage of colors on their own, and decided to recreate the compositions on glass plates to make ultra-high resolution scans. The results are the large-scale prints you see in this gallery.
The work in COLOR FILMS is the first time I’ve acknowledged the power these color films possess as subjects in their own right. I found a lot of inspiration from the painter Mark Rothko (hello! Rothko Room at the Phillips Colleciton in DC) whose immortal, practically mythic color field paintings impose transcendence through color at massive scale. In a similar way (i.e. smaller), I’m using the pure color films in compositions as an homage to his work. They’re studies on the infinite nature of color and harmony, and like color field paintings, they eliminate form, mass and perspective to do so.
The interplay of the colors blending together and the way the black frames ring the colors give the compositions a sense of scale, as most people know the film frame as an object. However this concept is contrasted by enlarging the scan, which is presented much larger than life as a composition on the wall. These are the first pieces in this series, andI plan on creating more over the course of this summer so I’ll be adding new pieces as they are finished.
These are all 20”x28”, giclee prints on heavy watercolor rag paper. These can also be ordered on an ultrawhite photo paper, and commissioned at larger sizes. The ultra-high resolution scans can be printed at 60” wide with perfect image clarity. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing any prints from this series. Designers and art consultants, please let me know if you’d like me to send you some samples.