Art & About Sydney: The Banner Gallery: In Colour
“Colour is life; for a world without colour appears to us as dead. Colours are primordial ideas…the children of light.”
Using bold colour blocks, Analiese Cairis’ stunning street banners are inspired by the work of Johannes Itten, a leading pioneer in contemporary colour theory, and author of the revolutionary The Art of Colour, published in 1961. Johannes wrote about the importance of colour in nature, art, science and technology, and adopted a series of basic shapes (the line, the plane, the circle and the spiral) as a means to begin the creative process. His work on colour explored many ideas, including the notion our brains are programmed to find colour equilibrium and recognise harmonies.
Artistic Advisor for The Banner Gallery is John Kaldor, Director, Kaldor Public Art Projects. Founded by art patron John Kaldor in 1969, Kaldor Public Art Projects has created ground-breaking works with international artists around Australia for more than 40 years. Michael Landy’s Acts of Kindness during Art & About 2011 was the 24th Kaldor Public Art Project, with selected past projects including Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast (1969), Jeff Koons’ Puppy (1995), Gregor Schneider’s 21 Beach Cells (2007), John Baldessari’s Your Name in Lights (2011), and Thomas Demand’s The Dailies (2012). John Kaldor studied under Johannes Itten.
“I worked, lived and loved colour for most of my life.
Colour is all around us, in the multitudes of greens of the bush, the delicate shades of flowers and the rich palette of artists through the centuries.
Colour transforms a black and white world into a wonderful dimension for us to enjoy.”
John Kaldor AM
‘Colour is not an easy matter’, Umberto Eco states at the beginning of his essay on culture and language. With hours spent searching for the exact blue of Monet’s sky, the dusty olive of Cezanne’s trees, that rich brown of a Caravaggio robe, the neutral grey in a Frank Stella, colour for me has never been easy, but always intriguing, shifting, personal, elusive.
Analiese Cairis is passionate about design and Sydney’s cultural community, and has worked with artists, curators, architects and cultural organisations for many years. As senior designer at the Art Gallery of NSW, she has been responsible for many memorable exhibition campaigns and major art publications. Having started her design training with the colour exercises and theories of Itten, Analiese revisited them many years later when working with arts patron John Kaldor, a student of the Bauhaus master himself.
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