Yellow Heptagonal
W98 x H104.5 cm

Teal Half Venn
W200 x H66.7 cm

Mint Vertical Diagonal
W86 x H172 cm

Beige Rounded Triangle

Blue Inverted Cycloid

Pink Third
W173.2 x H100 cm

Orange Inflected Triamond
W136.5 x H59 cm

Red Inflected Diamond

Maroon Inflected Triangle

Violet Segment

The Shape of Color
An Ode to Ellsworth

Works in Painted Plywood


We regard shape and color as independent characteristics; they are traits and concepts that do not typically bear on one another. This collection of works is a thought experiment into bringing them into a direct relation. Their form is their shape; their content is their color. The scale of the work is related to their presence in a room, which posits a relationship to your body. They are not exercises in size - the scale is felt by the body. Scale is the mediating factor - it is what allows shape and color to dissolve into one another - a synesthetic idea.

At this bodily scale, their shape becomes inseparable from their color as they become independent bodies. The shapes are not regular, though they are closely related to recognizable forms. They each begin with a regular shape or configuration and undergo a series of basic operations to become the shapes you see here. They are hung from the wall at a dimension identical to their own thickness - a practical solution, but also one that casts a shadow. With this shadow, the shape contains an implied body of negative space immediately behind it. The projection of the picture plane underscores the works’ volume, presence, and material quality. Each work is composed of plywood, though some effort has been made to conceal this fact. The scale and flatness of the works demonstrate that color can also become material. The manifest opticity of color conceals the work’s native material cues. The shapes are not merely painted plywood. Rather, they are color and plywood.