In the work series Cubic Prism Primaries Odgaard use the language of mathematics to describe the effect of the colours and thus attempts to concretize the ability of the colour to reach out into the space to make its effect palpable. The series takes its point of departure in the idea of the cubic prism as a four-dimensional analogy to a cube. The cube consists as we know of the three dimensions length (x), width (y) and height (z). In a sense the refraction of the light in the surface with its radiance creates the fourth dimension, which can be understood as the spatial effect of the colour. With the work Is Colour the Fourth Dimension? the stringent mathematical language is counterpointed by the materials of the works –felt, organza, wool and embroidery, which along with the colour and the viewing subject create the fourth dimension.
That we need not only bodily contact, but also sensory and aesthetic stimulation for mental and human wellbeing have only become clearer in the recent period. “Think, Dream, Imagine, Colours” recognizes the importance of colour for our mental and physical wellbeing by exploring its interplay with light, material and its connection with our emotional life. At the same time our attitudes to colours and the colourful also say something about personal experiences, cultural and geographical roots and historical judgements based on taste, which will be brought into play in the exhibition.
The exhibition will take us a step closer to the nature of colour, offer new angles of approach to our view of colours, and give us insight into how both Odgaard and Willumsen work with materiality and effect. “Think, Dream, Imagine, Colours” will surround us with the poetic language of the colours and offer much-needed sensory nourishment.