Waddington Custot Gallery: Colour Is (until 22nd April 2017)
Its core theme, as is evident from the title, is the artists' use of colour and how this is profiled and used for purpose. Interestingly, and fortunately, the curator has elected not to include Yves Klein, nor Anish Kapoor, who would have been the obvious addition to the conversation. Instead, we are presented with a mixed-media collection of highly desirable and canonised works from the past one hundred years all using colour to different effect. Hélio Oiticica's 'V6 Spatial Relief, Red', for example, extends its narrative to art as object, as its overlapping geometric shapes could hold the viewer's attention from any angle, yet that they are hanging from the gallery ceiling shows the life in colour, and its ability to form part of our landscape, however artificial this may be, proving the smooth link between the sculptural and the architectural.
Anthony Caro's work has always been famed for captivating audiences with its bright colours, in the hope of creating a unique, individualised interaction, yet where Oiticica's piece hangs at head height from the ceiling, Caro's 'Floor Piece Hè' is self-explanatory in its positioning, its disruption of the viewer's navigation around the space moderately arresting in itself. Given the promise of colour in the exhibition, Caro's work certainly stands out for defying the expectation, which in itself makes us inquisitive about the artist's chromatic choices. Its dark and aggressive appearance is reminiscent of both a sea anchor and the chains and locks of sadomasochism. Whereas colour can certainly possess its own characteristics and assumptions, much like negative space the lack of bright colour can speak its own story.