Mario Sughi’s “Blue Shadow”
Mylene Iwanowsky’s “Civility” is available as a print at Paperwork and an original at Ugallery
Greetings art fans!
This week’s bright prints got me thinking about color. Like death and taxes, color is one thing no one can escape. But one big question still eludes us: do colors look the same to everyone?
Recently, the BBC tackled the subjectivity of color perception in a series of episodes. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend taking the time to watch. (They’re all available via YouTube). Here are some of my favorite tid bits from the series:
- Players wearing red jerseys score 10% more in competition than those in another color.
- The Vietnamese have 22 words for individual colours, the Namibian Himba tribe have five – they’ve no need for more and were shown being unable to describe a difference between green and blue.
- Color does not actually exist, at least not in any literal sense. Apples and fire engines are not red, the sky and sea are not blue, and no person is objectively “black” or “white”. What exists is light. Light is real but color is not light. Color is wholly manufactured by your brain.
Now that our brain’s have been thrown for a loop, let’s tackle this week’s prints. While one is abstract and one’s figurative, they’re both geometric and potently colorful. These pieces are the first Paperwork releases from each artist, Canadian Catalan-phile Mylene Iwanowsky and globe-trotting Italian Mario Sughi.
Mylene takes great inspiration from the aesthetic of Antoni Gaudí, Spain’s eclectic architect. ”I love structure and patterns which is why I love the square,” explains Myléne. “My strength is the way I make colors interact with each other. My mixing creates feelings of safety and harmony, joy and happiness which, I think, you can find in every piece.” “Civility" is no exception. It’s a burst of fresh air, light and happy.
Mario, on the other hand, takes pride in using unreal colors to tell an authentic, intimate story. His pensive shopgirl’s expression reveals a deep sense of intimacy and reflection amidst a loud, lively scene. Mario inserts the viewer into a familiar vantage point, that of a city sidewalk warrior, taking a moment to glance right and ponder the life of another.
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