“Colour has the ability to transport us to different points in time and to unearth latent memories. I have decided to test this theory by focusing on specific colours associated with everyday objects and popular media.”
Through collecting and sampling colours, including sources from his own childhood years, the artist has identified certain ‘nostalgic colours’ that communicate another time and place.
By abstracting these colours from their original context - and creating subtle interventions into specific objects - it is hoped that the artworks will also become triggers of memories in the minds of the viewers.
Star Trek Breakdown (2005)
One forty-minute programme from the first series of Star Trek is broken down into individual still images.
Computer software analyses the percentage of basic colours that appear in each frame. It then visualises these as colour bars to create a new experience of the original material. The computer program was inspired by, and developed from, software that allows scientists at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge to classify chrysanthemums according to colour patterns. (NIAB and ‘Breakdown’ software written by Bob Farrell)
Other ‘Breakdowns’ in this series have their titles hidden, as well as the original visual source material. This allows the viewer to make their own associations and conclusions.
Breakdown No.2 (Title Hidden)(2006)
Breakdown No.3 (Title Hidden)(2007)
Breakdown No.4 (Title Hidden)(2008)
Spitfire Paintings (2005)
Humbrol paint colours used on the airfix model of the MkII Spitfitre aeroplane painted onto used Australian phonecards. Each hole in the card represents a call made.
Consumed and Collected (1997-2005)
Lids collected from products consumed by the artist since 1997 with inner surface area painted with Humbrol white.