One Off is pleased to present
'Blue, darkly, deeply, beautifully Blue'.
Featuring works by
Private View: Saturday, 25 November 2017
25 November 2017 - 15 January 2018
About the exhibition
Ancient Egyptians used indigo-dyed cloths to wrap their mummies; in Central Asia it was one of the main colours for carpets; for three centuries in Europe and America it was one of the more controversial of dyestuffs, and it would have been familiar to people of many nationalities.
Indigo cultivation probably existed in the Indus Valley more than five thousand years ago, where they called it nila, meaning dark blue. It spread north, south, east and west as the best things often do....Perhaps it was the rumour of a cantankerous djinn in the pot, or perhaps it was its resemblance to the sky, or perhaps it was the way the colour appeared magically, once the textile hit the air, but indigo has often been considered a mystical colour. And one of its mysteries today is that it is part of a spectrum - one of seven official colours, and yet the one that doesn't quite belong...But if you look at a rainbow it is hard to find a stripe of midnight in the place where blue fades to violet. Indeed, some people argue that it isn't there at all. From 'Colour - Travels through the paintbox' by Victoria Finlay
And so an exhibition is born. Each of the artworks somehow referencing the history of the magical colour and each infused with a heavy dose of that precious nila.
Preview of Works
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