Colour Sense

David Sequeira’s combinations of geometry and colour articulate everyday experiences of universal order. The exhibition Colour Sense explores the capacity of these visual combinations to stimulate the senses of hearing and taste.

David Sequeira, Colour Sense, 2016, gouache on paper, 297mm x 210mm

9 November – 9 December, 2016
Opening night part of Melbourne Music Week– Thursday 17 November, 8pm-10pm (please note this is a ticketed event, book here)
LAB-14 Gallery
700, Swanston St, Carlton

Gallery hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-6pm

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.
John Cage

Colour attains its fullest potential only when it is organised.
Henri Matisse

In ‘My Mother’s Cooking’ Sequeira has wrapped a selection of cookbooks in monochromatic coloured paper. The result is a rainbow arrangement of cookbooks with no visual clue (other than the title of the work) about the mouth watering recipes contained within each publication. The process of applying colour, through wrapping and arrangement, subverts the content of each book and contextualises the acts of collecting, reading and cooking within the bigger process of creating order.

Sequeira refers to musical notation in order to heighten the sensation of colour in his works. The visual resonance and vibration of each colour is articulated not only by its geometric shape, but also by its position within Sequeira’s overall compositions. Sequeira’s tiny diagrammatic forms are painted with precision, slowly and reflectively. The meditative potential of this approach is explored in ‘50 Songs’, a suite of music manuscript pages pinned to the wall, on each a gorgeously coloured grouping (or ‘chord’) of interlocking circles and lines. Through the individual components of his works and their subsequent ‘orchestration’ as a single piece, Sequeira points to the infinite harmonic possibilities of colour.

Colour Sense is part of Absolutely Famished, a creative exploration of future food and the 22nd century marketplace curated by Dr Renee Beale. Through Colour Sense, and the associated Melbourne Music Week event, Foodnotes & Coloursense, Beale invites the viewer to consider the untapped power of the senses to alter or enhance our food experiences. For example, emerging food science research appears to suggest that what we hear is as important as what we taste, smell and see when we appreciate food. If future dining experiences evoke all of the senses, how will this change what we eat? Will curated soundtracks or colour stimulation therapies form the basis of new fad diets? Neuroscience continues to provide new information about perception and our conscious experiences but how much of this research will end up on our plates?

More information about upcoming Absolutely Famished events

About David Sequeira
David is a visual artist, a curator, and Director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts. Working in a range of media, David explores the notions of language and information through colour and geometry.

Over the last 20 years he has exhibited his work extensively through out Australia at venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Council’s studio residency in Paris and the Collex Museum of Contemporary Art acquisitive prize.

David has been involved in visual art education for nearly two decades. Working in a range of museums including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, bringing people of all ages, from all walks of life to a richer understanding and a deeper appreciation of the potential place of art and creativity in their lives.