Since I was a child, I have had an aversion to orange, the color - or perhaps, more accurately, wearing the color. It is that one color which you will never ever find in my wardrobe or my accessories or anything that I own, really: I find it much too bright and overwhelming to wear (strictly my opinion, of course). During my teenage years, I lived in neutrals, hardly even daring to experiment with color although that has dramatically changed - whether its turquoise or lime-green or fuchsia, I have learnt to embrace color. (Although I do have my neutral or what I call 'camouflage' days!) However, when it comes to orange, I don't think I can wear an orange outfit although I have found myself making concessions and wearing clothing, which has minimal orange accents. My aversion previously extended towards yellow as well but for some reason, I have changed my mind about the color and am actually on the hunt for the perfect yellow tunic/blouse/top...yes, I know what you are thinking - perhaps, I will have a change of heart when it comes to orange as well but I somehow don't see that happening just that soon:)
|Trishla Jain: Unicorn|
|Trishla Jain: Life of Pi|
As the quirky, whimsical name suggests, the exhibition is brightness central, drenched in an artistic joie de vivre. When it comes to my preferences in visual art, I adore quiet, unadorned minimalism as much as a maximalist piece, where the colors and textures and patterns are literally having a party. In Jain's case, it is as much fun to look at her pieces as it is to peer closer and try to decode the madness that's joyfully reigning through the works (for example, there is a running motif of chandeliers throughout the collection).
|Trishla Jain: Comic Coffee Table|
Apart from two-dimensional works, Jain has also used furniture such as chairs and coffee-table as canvases; I like this particular example and interpretation of marrying art with functionality...what an incredible riotous splash of color it would be to place one such piece in a minimalist, white-hued room - it would be like living in Holi the year around! Anymore though and it would be a visual surfeit...nonetheless, I would have very much enjoyed seeing these works in flesh, so to speak, but had to content myself with seeing their virtual selves.
|Trishla Jain: Summer Salt|
I also liked Jain's titles for each piece - having often struggled with titling works (poems, short stories, articles, photographs, even these blog posts), I think the relationship between the title and the work is enormously important and impacts the way the audience perceive the work. Also, for me, in many cases, it is the final flourish to the work, the summing up of my perception and associations with that it. And while many artists do choose to title their works as simply Untitled, I do think that by providing a title, you are investing the work with yet another layer. For me (as an audience member), at least, it is an invaluable framework through which to perceive the work.
My relationship with visual art is not necessarily what I would always describe as fun:) I find art to be a sanctuary: it calms me down. It has made me think and contemplate. At times, I have simply reveled in the sheer aesthetics of a work. In this case, I had great fun looking at the pieces and may I add, it was quite a difficult task to curate pictures simply for the purpose of this post. I wonder if the presence of all those bright pops of color were responsible for creating the fun element? Whatever the case and my feelings towards wearing orange, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing splashes of it adorn my walls and interiors!
What is your relationship with color? Is there a color that you simply cannot bear?
Images courtesy Trishla Jain