CABBI Artists are seeing red at The Gallery in Mogo!
Gallery Curator, Laurie Phillips says, “It’s all in the interest of exploring the qualities of colour. In the lead up to Christmas, members of The Gallery are invited to hang artworks that focus on the uses and associations related to the colour red. Symbolically red is associated with strong feelings. “It’s a primal colour,” Laurie says, “suggesting love, desire, violence, danger and anger, but also courage, vigour, strength and leadership, especially in the West. But in the East the traditional Chinese bride wears red as it designates good wishes of luck, health and prosperity.” Red is the colour of the sunset, of many, many different flowers, of birds of the rosella variety, of Julia Gillard’s hair and the hair of 6% of the Scottish population. And then of course there are the darker shades of crimson and tints so soft they are called baby pink.
But, leaving emotion or observation out of it, it is also the colour of the biro put through mistakes in a student’s work. Even accountants seem to like the attention grabbing effects of the colour at the end of the visual spectrum when they inform a client that they are ‘in the red’. Technically speaking, red is a primary colour—it cannot be mixed from other colours. Its opposite on the colour wheel is green and some artists exploit the intensity created by juxtaposing these two colours to create vibrancy in their work or a calculated optical illusion.
Laurie is really looking forward to seeing the different artworks CABBI artists will be bringing in to hang for the next two months. And she hopes you will too. She says, “I invite everyone and their friends to share a pre-Christmas drink with the artists and enjoy the opening of the ‘Colour Me Red’ exhibition on Thursday 5 December at 5pm.” It will also mark the launch of the new, two months long, Featured Artist Exhibition showing Portia Dunn’s, wonderful large and beautiful works.
The Gallery is a retail exhibition space for members of (CABBI), a society open to local arts and crafts practitioners. People interested in finding out more about CABBI should drop in to The Gallery, Mogo, phone 02 4474 2243 or visit our website www.cabbi.com.au