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It all began with Paintbox Deluxe, a creation that doubles as an exotic color chart. For many people, this polychromatic silkscreen was deeply fascinating. Its successor, a showcase-type of object designated Color Beauty Case, was sold out straightaway. Presented later, the works entitled Circus and Car Color Culture harness the same principle: a sensuous selection of uncommon colors, a technique that expresses their uniqueness, and a juxtaposition that lets them vividly interact. Cibachrome, the latest work, now shows photographically produced colors for the first time. (Marco Ganz, January 2016).

color beauty case

Color Beauty Case (2012)

Publisher: Edition VFO Zürich.

Plexiglass wall object with historic pigments.
Format 62 x 43 x 3 cm. Edition: 15.

A stately showcase that safeguards a palette of exclusive pigments from bygone times. The painted, multi-layer color swatches resemble three-dimensional bodies that appear to float. Even the individual textures of the pigments – applied up to twenty times to achieve the highest possible saturation – are visible behind the plexiglass.

Colors: Pinkcolour, Lapis Lazuli, Schweinfurtergrün, Irgazin Rubin, British Racing Green, Bleu Guimet, Aureolin, Epidot, Ägyptischgrün, Han-Purpur, Zinnober, Alizarinviolett, Neapelgelb Citron, Kupferblau.

©2012 ProLitteris.


Inkjet (2014)

Publisher: Edition VFO Zürich.

Epson Ultrachrome inkjet printout on Hahnemühle Photorag paper. Framed.
Format 252 x 30 x 3 cm. Edition: 21.

A javelin-shaped spectral band that literally appears to be in flight. Contrary to the wavelength progression of sunlight, Inkjet shows a subtly gradated composition with a warm and a cold half. The kinetic effect is amplified with a dynamic silhouette that seemingly even penetrates into the invisible spectra.

Colors: The names of the inks that made the ultrafine color gradations possible are Yellow, Orange, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Cyan, Light Cyan, Green and Black.

©2014 ProLitteris.


Cibachrome (2015)

Publisher: Edition VFO Zürich.

Cibachrome Print on Dibond, black plexiglass frame, museum glass.
Format 48 x 33 x 5 cm. Edition: 20.

Cibachrome photo paper has always been unique. The bankruptcy of the last manufacturer ushered in the demise not only of the legendary mirror gloss of Cibachrome but also of a radiant technicolor-style palette with spectacular red hues. This edition preserves the colors with a composition of fifteen filters through which the positive stock was directly exposed.

Colors: Congo Blue, Jade, Scarlet, Virgin Blue, Spring Yellow, Oklahoma Yellow, Vanity Fair, Bray Blue, Lagoon Blue, Primary Red, Bastard Pink, Scuba Blue, Lime Green, Chrysalis Pink, Tokio Blue (original LEE Filters nomenclature).

©2015 ProLitteris.


Circus (2013)

Publisher: Galerie Bernard Jordan.

Flocked rounds, embedded in a plexiglass panel.
Diameter 64 cm, depth 4 cm. Edition: 18 + 3 AP.

Circus presents twelve shades of exceptional luminosity and radiance. The textile color swatches are evocative of the realm of haute couture. Highly concentrated dyes and a coating with extended-fiber polyamide flock produce a literally surreal purple, an abysmal black, and a very coquettish geranium red.

Colors: Rouge de Chine, Bordeaux, Jacaranda, Turquoise Green, Geranium Shock, Bleu de Zurich, Sunset, Deep Purple, Noir Absolu, Verde Pappagallo, Azalea, Verde Spettrale.

©2013 ProLitteris.

car color culture

Car Color Culture (2013)

Publisher: Galerie Bernard Jordan.

Sheet steel shapes, sprayed with historic automotive paints, on satin-finished plexiglass.
Format 137 x 70 x 3 cm. Edition: 12 + 3 AP.

Whether suavely understated, conceited, or sugary sweet: the body color options available to car buyers during the past one hundred years trace a unique timeline in cultural history. Automotive colors epitomize marques, characterize the car owners, and reflect national predilections or even the underlying sentiment in bygone epochs.

Colors: Caribbean Turquoise, Bleu Aurelia, Plum Crazy, Heather, Lofotengrün, Electric Orange Metallic, Capucine, Ikonengold, Bleu Indien Foncé, Mountain Laurel, Honolulu Blue Polycromatic, Verde Miura, Celeste, Rolls-Royce Blue, Grigio Ingrid, Volanta Coach Maroon, Rosso Competizione.

©2013 ProLitteris.

paintbox deluxe

Paintbox Deluxe (2009)

Publisher: Edition VFO Zürich.

13-color silkscreen on satin-finished plexiglass. Framed.
Format 92 x 67 cm. Edition: 40.

A sizeable creation with large-format color imprints of immense radiance. The color spots range from highly translucent to opaque and shine with various degrees of gloss. This makes them appear volatile: they push their way forward or shyly melt into the background. A funky creation with psychedelically vibrant moments.

Colors: Delftblau, Indischgelb, Bleu de Céruléum, Rouge Pornographique, Blutrot, Kadmiumorange, Bleu de Cobalt, Rosa, Violetto Cobalto Rossastro, Knospengrün, Zitronenfleisch, Phtalotürkis, Orientgrün.

©2009 ProLitteris.


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Color is a theme that attracts considerable interest. For this reason, further works are under development. They will propagate the series but focus on different phenomena, materials, and astonishing hues with surprising effects. Please contact me for further information and also if you wish to be notified when new editions are launched.