Whether marine or azure, uniting the sky and the sea, pastel, electric or even turquoise, the blue color has always been omnipresent in the cultures and civilizations carried by our eponymous planet. Beyond the benefits it has on the human spirit, this primary color commonly associated with feelings of calm and serenity, freshness and infinity, has long found its expression in artistic creation.
Alternately spiritual, political, peaceful or protesting, blue and its multiple facets is the main focus of this exhibition, an invitation to perceive the world through a prism of multiple tones where each artist redefines and shares his vision of the world and his feelings.
If we take a closer look, in Buddhist culture, the blue is the color of the Buddha Akshobhya, of which a popular emanation is the Medicine Buddha. Azure represents purity, tranquility, and healing. Blue embodies a color of wisdom. However, there is an important difference between light and dark blue.
The light blue that Buddhists meditate on is represented by turquoise. It is unlimited and carries the wisdom of the earth and the sky. It also illustrates the duality of life and death, bearing witness to human life.
The dark blue is associated with lapis lazuli because for Buddhists, this stone symbolizes what is pure and rare. The most refined lapis lazuli stones are associated with the night sky and its sparkling stars and are believed to have great curative qualities.
In the Hindu culture of Bali, blue is the color of the sky, oceans and rivers with a symbolism similar to that of the Buddhist culture. Some of their deities are represented in popular imagery with blue skin, such as Krishna, Rama, but also Kali and Shiva. Rama and Krishna protect the world and fight evil. It is also the color of Vishnu. These deities have dark skin, the blue color is a way to represent them.
In their clothing, blue is the color of the Shûdras, castes of farmers, craftsmen and weavers, but also the color of the sari of fishermen’s wives. As the process of obtaining indigo was considered particularly impure, this color was avoided by the higher castes.
Even if blue is usually a consensual color, its expression is revealed for each of these artists in a very personnal way, in the graphic movement as well as in the choice of the techniques and materials. Blue is a powerful and embracing color, which has the effect of the human mind on our eyes, emotions and body to be calm and peaceful.
It is to this exploration of the blue color that the galerie arnaud Lebecq invites you on the occasion of its next exhibition BLEU PLURIEL(S).