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Color Country installation shot, work by Anne Thompson (foreground) and Tom Gregg (on the wall).

We’ve all learned our lessons about the relative nature of color.  We’ve made one color look like two, or two look like one, been proud of our chromatic grays and the glow that happens in our paintings after ever so slight alterations of tone.  Color Country is a small exhibit I put together for the University of Central Missouri’s Gallery 115 of artists who find content in color’s relativity: Tom Gregg, Daniel Reneau and Anne Thompson.  All three make work that considers the perception of color, and also the desire to define color, make it mean something certain and constant.  The problem is, and this is what makes these three artists approach to color so interesting, is that it’s as impossible to define color, to make it  mean something simple and absolute, as it is to look at color as optically constant.  The problem becomes almost existential.

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Anne Thompson

I was talking to Anne Thompson the other day, and learned that I’d totally missed out on the fact that the images I posted last week of are reversible paintings.  What’s that?  Reversible Paintings?  The term “Recto/Verso” in the titles is meant to be taken literally.  These works have two faces.  Anne’s intention is that they be hung on a wall, so that the hang-er decides which face to show, which face to hide. 

Here are three images of one work “Recto/Verso: Mit Fingerspitzengefuehl”, 2007.

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

The text around the edge, by the way, reads “Mit Fingerspitzengefuehl”.  According to Anne this literally translates from the German as “with fingertip feeling”, but in common usage means doing something with tact and sensitivity. 

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Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

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