Reading the Rainbow

Single Channel Video Installation
16:26 minutes
2015
In “Reading the Rainbow,” multiple figures, painted in Chinatown Orange, interact with abstract shapes also painted in Chinatown Orange. Narrated over the film is a creation myth of Glidden Paints’ paint names. The myth covers a long list of colors, culminating with the birth of Chinatown Orange. These colors were chosen because their names contained words with specific cultural elements or referenced a particular place. Separating and segregating the list of colors, the myth pulls ideas from other creation myths and texts from Jacques Derrida’s “On the Name,” Johann Wolfgang von Gothe’s “Theory of Colours,” Maggie Nelson’s “Bluets,” and David Batchelor’s “Chromophobia.” In utilizing the language of body, place, and structure, the film becomes a metaphor for the difficulty in classification, categorization, and the act of naming.

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  1. Dong Xuan
  2. What Kind of Ancestors Will We Become?
  3. Martha
  4. Survivors of a Lying Species
  5. Everything Is A Decaying Lump of Now
  6. Goose and Crocodile
  7. Disoriental Flavors (after Edward Said)
  8. The Immortal Gold Rabbit
  9. Welcome To Jungle Florida
  10. Colorbound
  11. Birdcage
  12. Colonial White
  13. China White
  14. Hanging Fruit
  15. The Impossibility of Home
  16. Reading the Rainbow
  17. Good Vibrations
  18. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  19. Vibrating Pink Egg
  20. Skinny Dipping
  21. White Lie
  22. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  23. Parental Guidance
  24. Movable Wave
  25. Portal
  26. Augmented Door
  27. Impermanent Infinity
  28. Expanded Field
  29. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs
  30. Day of the Painter
  31. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  32. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERING MY RESIGNATION AS AN ADULT!
  33. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  34. All work and no play makes art a dull boy