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JULIÃO SARMENTO. Japanese Traffic Yellow Tide

February 15 - April 23, 2021

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Saturday 12 - 5 pm
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Standing alone in the exact center of the room, the one defined by the crossing of both diagonals on the floor, I imagine a colour. Not just any colour but one which can transport me to unknown pleasures and places of delight. A colour connected to freedom and self-improvement. A colour I particularly fancy and often use in my work. A colour that sets my good mood in. A colour like the colour of New York City cabs. Traffic Yellow. RAL 1023. I then imagine how many gallons of paint would it be necessary to fill up the room I’m standing in, up to the tip of my head, shy only of my scalp, with me inside, in the center, completely still. To fill up the room with paint up to 186 cm which is my height, shy only of the hairs on top of my head. Like an immense yellow tide. I imagine a room as a sink, with a hole in the bottom through which the paint disappears once the room is filled the way I imagined. And then the result. A yellow room completely covered in yellow paint up to a quota of 186 cm. A simple equation. A simpler gesture.

Julião Sarmento
January 2021