The common denominator for all six is Berlin: The city they live and work in. This presentation aims to celebrate the city in a discreet but invigorating way, a “Welcome back, Berlin.”
Ólafur Elíasson’s The yellow colour circle (2009) is the first of three works in Part II of his The colour circle series (2008–09),a suite of 9 different colour circles. The base of the series is The constant colour circle (2008), consisting of 24 equidistant hues based on the three primary colours red, blue and yellow and 21 interstitial colours. In the first part, Elíasson explores the 24 colours and their diametric opponents in the circle. The second part of the series is an investigation of the three primary colours themselves, while The colour circle series Part III consists of a black, grey and white colour circle.
The depiction of a colour wheel evokes associations of objective scientific research—the chromatics studies of Sir Isaac Newton or Johann Wolfgang Goethe may come to mind. But as a matter of fact, Elíasson’s The colour circle series is the product of artistic decisions regarding the 216 shades of the colours, the design, the length and width of the colour fields, or the distance between them. What presents itself as an image of scientific authority is indeed the result of a series of utterly personal choices, as individual as the artist’s fingerprint.