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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 COLOR FILMS series documents the color palettes I make from the photos of pure color I shoot on my medium format camera with 120 size transparency film. The transparency films (commonly known as “slide” film) are approximately 2.5” x 3.5”, and unlike a film negative, when transparency film is viewed with light you can see the exact image.

COLOR FILMS is a statement to the intensity of the neo-classical color palette present in the film, and a recognition of the color compositions as subjects in their own right. I had a lot of inspiration from the painter Mark Rothko whose monolithic color field paintings gently impose transcendence through color and scale. Similarly, though at a smaller scale, I use the pure color films in compositions as an homage to this concept. Because most people recognize the black film frame as an object, the interplay of the colors blending together within the black give the compositions a sense of scale, presented larger than life on the wall. As for the choice of colors, I wanted tones and combinations that convey stability and realism, so I produced the color palette for the films based on the deep, intense hues found in the 17th century Dutch Baroque art, which set standards of naturalism that are still 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” FRAMED

COLOR FILMS 12, PICTURED 42”x30” FRAMED

 
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

 

The prints in COLOR FILMS are Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, a heavy watercolor style paper, or on Ilford Galerie, a traditional photo paper. There are two sizes, both in an edition of 5, numbered and signed. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing prints or commissioning larger sizes for your project. A full catalog and samples are also available upon request.

Green Circles experiment, posted to the blog but you probably missed because you don’t get my newsletter in your inbox that features a bunch of cool things like this that I barely publicize but should probably get more attention.

Green Circles experiment, posted to the blog but you probably missed because you don’t get my newsletter in your inbox that features a bunch of cool things like this that I barely publicize but should probably get more attention.