Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Anthony Easton - i will never live up to my blue china

Anthony Easton
- i will never live up to my blue china

Vernissage Thursday 11 May 6 - 9pm
Exhibit 11 - 31 May 2017

I keep thinking about the problems of the decorative, the queer history of the same, and how much writing has taken place about the problem blue in the last 30 years--especially Maggie Nelson's book Bluet's--but also a wide variety of readings on Goethe's colour work, Derek Jarmon's film Blue, and William Gass' essay "On Being Blue". I have also been making cyanotypes for a while, and thinking about Victorian science. I am also thinking about other kinds of decorative beauty. The altar of worship, the altar of beauty, and the ongoing problem of abstraction are all part of this installation.  

The piece will have 46 cyanotypes (one for each of the years Wilde lived) of liillies (Lily for it's queer and decadent history, and ironically because it is the symbol of the virgin Mary, whose colours were blue).

-Anthony Easton