“the following things in the room were blue. the blue checks in the blue-and-black-checked shag carpet…. two of the unsettling attached lamps that kept its magazines unread and neatly fanned were blue, although the two blue lamps were not the lamps attached to the two blue chairs. dr. charles tavis liked to say that you could tell a lot about an administrator by the decor of his waiting room…. the premie violets in an asymmetrical sprig in a tennis-ball-shaped vase on the coffee-table were arguably in the blue family.” – david foster wallace [1]

11/07/2012 § 2 Comments

horace benedict de saussure, cyanometer (c1760)

misha de ridder, wissen brunnen (2009)

florian maier aichen, the best general view (2007)

unknown, maly semyachik  (date unknown) (via)

fabian schuber, hank schmidt in der beek painting in the zillertal alps (2009)

merel van den berg, the marker project (2009)

yutaka yoshinaga, 96-c-5 (1996)

david ireland, folded paper landscape (1973)

guillermo kuitca, neufert suite (sausage factory equipment) (1999)

casa, hakuei residence (1996)

xdga, house in brasschaat (1990-92)

benthem crouwel, schipol airport (date unknown) (via)

photographer unknown, thierry mugler residence (1981) (via 2thewalls)

maarten van severen, blauwe bank (1997)

 

bas jan ader made a point of only wearing international klein blue.  the color blue which artist yves klein patented and used through out his art works.  sometime between learning about bas jan ader and yves klein i came across horace benedict de saussure’s cyanometer.  horace created the cyanometer as a way of measuring the blueness of the sky in order to test a theory about the blueness of the sky being related to the moisture content of the air [2].  then last week, while catching up on radiolab podcasts i found out that (broadly speaking) according to philologists, red is always the first color to appear in a human language and blue is (usually) always the last color to appear in a human language.  weird.  so i decided to make a tumblr of blue themed images.  and inspired by horace benedict de saussure it presents a gamut of blues.  blues captured by cameras, painted on to a surface, fading away, washing buildings, and coloring furniture.

 

what would you add?  send ayounghare [at] gmail one or a few blue images [3].  if there are enough responses i could make a second blue tumblr post.

 

what is it about blue?

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[1]     wallace, david foster. infinite jest: a novel. boston: back bay books, 1996: p. 508 – 509. print

[2]     for more on the topic of blue and horace benedict de saussure check out this article on the royal society of chemistry’s website.

[3]     oh, the silly things we have to do to avoid spam bots.

[more series, more color]     this marks the third time ayh has presented a tumblr post.  previous posts involved the making of a plan and an ode to a gamut of reds inspired by the then pantone color of the year – honeysuckle.

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