“Robert Swain: The Form of Color” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art encompasses forty-five years of color study. Swain is both an artist and a dedicated researcher, having explored the phenomenology of color for decades. “The Form of Color” is the New York-based artist’s first museum solo exhibition. Swain explains his dedication to the subject, “Color is a form of energy that stimulates our perceptual processes and is instrumental in conveying emotions.”
The show features large site-specific color compositions. A testament to his diligence, Swain took the light quality of Santa Monica into account in preparation for the show. The color series reflect Swain’s own color system comprised of 4,896 chromatic units. As viewers are immersed in the show, the methodical color grids blend and undulate. Although the exhibition is grounded by science, but the show still retains a powerful transcendental quality.
“Robert Swain: The Form of Color” is now on view through August 23, 2014.