VIEWLIST: I Can Read in Red, I Can Read in Blue, I Can Read in Pickle Color Too, Conceived by Douglas Melini

Our first VIEWLIST exhibition is conceived by Brooklyn-based painter Douglas Melini.

Trying to make sense of color can be so difficult. I guess a big reason is that there has been very little written about it to help us out. I’m always grouping my experiences, and ideas about color together; making lists of my thoughts, categorizing them, hoping that somehow this process will help me achieve a better understanding of what color means to me.

Some of those meditations are about the relationship between color and humor, and that sense of playfulness that can happen with color, shape, and space. For a long time now, I’ve had this theory that the way we look and think about color has been influenced by the late Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. For those of us born after the 1950s, Dr. Seuss books became one of our first formal encounters with color.

For me, it was the first time I began to assign meaning to color. The words, shapes, and feel of color in those books all seemed wrapped up together and functioned as a whole.  As a kid I would often open those books just to breeze through the images. That excitement is something I have never forgotten. Sometimes when I see certain works of art I feel like I am having that experience all over again.

For the last 12 years or so, I’ve made mental notations of artworks that fall into this space and this group of images is a collection of those thoughts, a representation of those experiences.


VIEWLIST is our online project space where we invite artists and others to curate a visual essay of images. VIEWLIST exhibitions are experimental and usually thematic, and can include art works spanning various time periods, movements, and geographic locations. Exhibitions may also include ideas and images from disciplines outside of the visual arts. With VIEWLIST, we’ve created a venue that focuses exclusively on ideas, a kind of idealized curatorial space, where exhibition budgets, loans and acquisitions of art works, timelines, and all other logistics are set aside.



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  1. Patricia says:

    Thanks for the new project…it’s always wonderful to have a “view” of what other artist are looking at and/or what they are influenced by. I recently saw the Oranges Sardines exhibit at the Hammer and I was pleasantly surprised at the choices/influences that the artist in the exhibition choose. I feel the same with Melini’s choices. Thanks.

    Oranges and Sardines post

  2. Hi Doug, I meant to tell you how much I enjoyed, I Can Read In Red, I Can Read In Blue, I can Read in Pickle Color Too.” The relationship between abstract language and humor is intriguing and leads me to wonder whether our responses to certain colors and forms is inherent or learned. You mentioned that you think your perceptions were probalbly influenced by Dr. Seuss. Cartoons and animation probably had a similar effect. I find it interesting that abstract art minus a text and with out a narrative can illicit humor. Some colors and forms when juxtapositioned are just funny, I guess it’s all about the timing. Great Show!

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