Degree of Darkness

This September, Rook & Raven are proud to present a multi-sensory exhibition exploring the ideas of Goethe’s Colour Theory, though both painting and a botanical installation. Bringing together the work of Argentinian artist Manuel Larralde, with that of British artists Vanessa Garwood, Shaun McDowell and William Roper Curzon, juxtaposing them with a site-specific botanical installation by Florist Kitten Grayson, this exhibition will be an immersive, constantly-changing, sensory experience.

One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the colour spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light.

…light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour… Colour itself is a degree of darkness.

Date: 18th September – 4th October, 2014