THE LANGUAGE OF COLOR
„Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky
In the world perceived by the senses, color is the frequency of light that provides diversity while simultaneously affecting the experiences of the environment. It is a timeless and universal language through which artists convey deeper and more complex layers of their thoughts, feelings, and visions. As a fundamental visual element, color continuously transforms the world of art, enabling artists to interpret ideas and achieve communication, contemplation, and reflection. In the exhibition The Language of Color, we present various ways of artistic expression employing color – through contrasts, symbolism, and a variety of materials and techniques. The exhibited works of contemporary Croatian artists showcase the versatility of color in different artistic mediums. Abstract artists often use color as a fundamental element of expression, experimenting with color to make it the primary constituent of form, liberated from the previously established rules of realism, in order to evoke inner experiences in the viewer. Without recognizable forms, colors become crucial factors in meaning and emotions. According to Kandinsky, each color has its characteristic sound and spiritual resonance. In this way, blue, for example, evokes associations with the sky and spirituality, while red is characterized by its dynamic and energetic quality. Needless to say, color has also served as a factor of atmosphere and a building block of symbolic meaning in previous artistic periods, such as in Gothic, Mannerism, or Baroque art. In the exhibited works contrasts are applied to achieve a visual affinity and an emotional response from the viewer. Color plays a central role in the overall articulation of the artistic concept. The varying intensities, tones, and shades achieved in various ways are what connect the selected works of Iris Jambrek, Grgur Akrap, Damir Sobota, and Ivan Prerad. Iris Jambrek, with her rich palette, layered compositions, and contrast between neutral and vibrant colors, subtly creates dynamic and inspiring scenes, fostering various interpretations. Grgur Akrap’s recognizable style is based on contrast, capturing the atmosphere by emphasizing the focal motif. Damir Sobota combines different traditions and experiments in geometric abstraction within his works. Through a variety of colorful lines, the artist creates abstract geometric shapes within the composition, which are replicated within the frame to form a kind of algorithm. Ivan Prerad takes motifs from nature and breaks them by using thin lines of color that resemble pixels on an LCD screen, with their shades that seem different depending on the viewing angle.