How to Overcome Your Fear of Monochrome Paintings
What? You’re still not in love? You heartless soul.
Ok, ok, I get it. You don’t live in Berlin, had no private-jet-chance to see Monika’s monochromes in person. Well, here’s what I’m gonna do for you (because I’m so kind and because I’m so patient), I’m offering you a second, less restricted chance to fall in love with color and art.
So, less restricted for the ones with commitment issues. Ok, I’ll give you stripes to ease into a relationship with monochromes. Meaning, you still have some kind of a pattern. A pattern to look at but more so a pattern to follow when looking at art. This is not your (own) fault but what has been ingrained into your brain for all those school years that saw you have art classes (or should I anxiously ask, any at all??). The pattern is to describe what you see in a picture (well, most of the times that just includes paintings), hence “we” (read: not me, I shiver just by thinking about it) are all so fluffy comfortable with “contemplating” (I use this term loosely) decorative art, because it is what it is. It’s an illustration of real life. Kittens, boobs, seaside. You get the picture.
Whereas the pattern my tough loving self wants to teach you is to not describe what you see but how it makes you feel. And as we all have a favorite color, this should actually be such a simple one when it comes to monochromatic paintings. Right?
Then why are you giving yourself such a hard time staring at monochrome works and be confused, yes, even annoyed?
(Yes, yes, there’s more to monochrome painting than just the color, hold your horses experts. We’re trying to make friends here not more fiends!)
Let’s Talk Colors
Hey you, your favorite color from when you were a kid? How does it make you feel like seeing it today?
And you, I know you love pink. 12 canvasses in all shades of pink surrounding you in a white cube. Feelings? Any at all??
Also, remember Baker-Miller Pink? We should do that experiment (the long-term one of course) with all the color-doubters out there once again. And then let’s talk color & effect. Ha!
Agnes Martin is Waiting for You
But as I said before, you can only really fall in love with monochromatic art when you see it in person. To get the full color effect and also to be exposed to the brush strokes and their traces (or the non-existence of those!), plastered color fields, smooth parts. Experience the artists working their canvas.
And if your person doesn’t linger in Berlin these days, maybe it does in New York or the UK? I would really recommend yourself being in either places like right now. Because, you see, Agnes Martin works, the ones with the big stripes (don’t be picky now, each stripe in itself is monochromatic, also it was about making it easier on you, remember?!) can be viewed right now at MoMa in New York and at The Gallery of the Winchester Discovery Centre in the UK.
Go, fall in love with colors!
What’s up Next?
Hey, guess what – we’ll be going on another excursion! Pack your bags and let’s go!
Let’s talk Baker-Miller Pink. Seriously, I love the tricky effect it can have on you. Get a “guinea pig”, give it a try and let us know how it went!
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