DE-MATERIALIZATION AND TRANS-COLORISM

 

 

 

We used to say that the difference between a man and a beast is our capacity of a rational thinking. Now we know that it is not such. The difference is the dream, the ability of creating fantastic images over a faint tissue of reality. In the visual art this happens thanks to the fantasy, the hand and the technique of the artist who offers the spectator all the elements to build up a dream. 

Iperrealists, for instance, propose an overdescription which we scale down to our dimension by taking something off. On the contrary, abstract art takes off the shape, the color, the formal coherence which the onlooker replaces with his own psychological, intellectual and human resources. 

De-materialization too is a technique which forces us to see reality from a different  viewpoint inducing a new stimulus. Let's start from the simple concept of a bottle and a glass of wine. The transparency of the glass allows the painter to render the subject with its outline or with the color of the contents. De-materialization may involve any subject or object in a painting, emptying the contents to the sheer value of the shape and bringing the color to the maximum level of description of the subject as artistic expression. 

Going back to the example of the bottle and the glass, purposely described through the color of their content, the wine. It is the color, in fact, the element in a painting that most induces an impression and inspires an emotion. This predominancy of the color is represented spatially as an abstraction of the color from the shape, with an intervention of trans-colorism. The color is spread all over and covers the canvas, what is left of the appearance of the object is little more than the outline. It's up to the observer to put the wine back into the bottle, the soul into the body. This is a simple procedure. In the case of objects less transparent than a bottle and more composite than a glass, the technique is similar, but the color will represent both the appearance and the spirit. See a trans-colorism effect with a bouquet of flowers in a vase, a loaf of bread with a tomato and a coke, still life with fruits. It will be more complex to restore coherence to such a composition where you need more than the simple act of pouring the wine back into the bottle. One will have to place the spirit into the objects, i.e. the fruit at its season, the food at its moment of the day, the flowers at the party, being his only guide the vibrations of the colors which are the frame of a dream.