In each installment, a guest writer chooses one Pantone color they find particularly meaningful, intriguing, or just aesthetically beautiful—and tells us why.
Pantone 447 is a slate grey, it’s utilitarian, the colour of pencil lead, of carbon paper, the tool for preparatory work, for working-out, measuring, the supportive under-layer for the finished piece. It privileges form and shape over colour, it treats other colours as frivolous surface decoration. It’s the colour of ash, a rejection of the artwork as a financial commodity, where red and blue in oil on canvas occupies a higher status than grey on paper because the market says so. It’s concerned with the journey rather than the destination.
Pantone 447 is neither black nor white, it’s ill-defined, grey has no standard-bearer, it occupies a range rather than a singular essence. It’s for people that luxuriate in the complexity of the non-binary, neither one thing nor another. It’s the blurry undefined idea on the periphery. It’s a little melancholic, it exudes an undefined wistfulness.
Pantone 447 is for an art the rejects the grand spectacle for a subdued sublime, it’s not insistent but quietly self-assured.
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