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Colour & Materials
Published: 27 Aug 2014

Krijn de Koning at Turner Contemporary

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Krijn de Koning installation at Turner Contemporary

Dutch artist Krijn de Koning has created a labyrinth of brightly coloured walls on a terrace at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, England.

Made especially for the gallery's Summer of Colour festival, the installation draws inspiration from the site's coastal connection and history as a popular destination for leisure and tourism. Koning's playful, bright tones reference traditional British seaside beach huts.

Large architectural structures made up of perpendicular surfaces are painted in different colours of bright gloss paint. Edges and walkways are accented with bold combinations of vivid mid-tones, glowing brights and two-tone hues contrastingly set against each other to create a graphic scene.

When viewed from various angles, geometric forms within the space are positioned and layered to create spatial illusions and distort perspective. Three-dimensional forms appear like flat shapes and planes of colour. Natural lighting from the sky enhances this elusive quality as shadows move across the installation's surfaces throughout the day.

Windows and doors vary in size and are positioned at different heights, encouraging spectators to climb over and delve into the maze-like space. The exhibition runs until 2 November 2014.

Other artists and projects that toy with bold colour to create captivating effects that challenge the viewer's perspective are outlined in our Digital Mimic colour concept for Spring/Summer 2016. Also look to our Trick of the Eye: Colour & Illusion report for more on this topic.

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