work on paper
25-10 through 22-11-2015
Colour has always been the central focus in the work of Robine Clignett (1948).
She has searched for the deepest black, experimented with natural pigments but has also collected literary, historical, chemical and physical facts and insights concerning colour. She bundled them in small publications that were meticulously typographically designed by her husband Klaus Baumgärtner (1948 – 2013).
Besides an absolute, abstract quality, the concept of color also contains a broad spectrum of meanings and associations flowing from the spectator’s perception. In her most recent works on paper, Robine Clignett mainly focuses on the mental experience of color.
The titles of these works also always include the names of the colors, as though they were personalities. Powerful and clear shapes like circles and meandering strips give the image an almost pictogram-like appearance. Despite the nearly abstract forms, the image always originates from the associations and concepts that Robine Clignett experiences when dealing with a particular color. Often they are derived from nature and it seems as though we are seeing shapes that usually remain hidden behind our direct perception.
On the occasion of the exhibition a small publication is issued with the support of Stroom Den Haag