“The Green Show” features artists working in landscape, still life, abstraction, and fiber from 1935 to 2008. The color green is all around us – literally and symbolically. Decorators use green to summon restfulness and calm – hence the purpose of a “green” room for guests and performers waiting to go onstage. Green has become an emblem for the environment, luck, health, and wealth. Green is associated with rebirth, fertility, freshness, and growth. Green commands you to go, to recycle, to exit; you may be a greenhorn, have a green thumb, or be green with envy. It is said if your favorite color is green, you are most likely gentle and sincere.
“Colors are loaded with meaning across time, cultures, and places. Psychologists assign colors to different personalities; our exposure to different colors can invoke different moods. However, one color occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most – the color green,” said Durham. “I wanted to create an experience where the viewer could be surrounded by this color, so each selection in this exhibit features the color green in a significant way.”
Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey invites all who visit the exhibit to consider their response to green and enjoy the different contexts in which the artist chose to use the color. “We might not know if the artists had a particular motivation to use green in their artwork, but we encourage you to examine each piece,” she said. “Whether or not the psychology of green plays into the context of the work, we leave for you to decide.”
More information can be found at www.alicegallery.org.