White between "The Green Blouse" and Sneakers, No. 1, 2012
Silicone on wood
Diameter 42" / 106.7 cm, depth 2" / 5.1 cm

This work uses two color palettes: that of sneaker design trends and that of the painting "The Green Blouse" (1919) by Pierre Bonnard. Focused on the subjectivity of perceptual experience, especially color, the work plays with the visual language of high-performance athletic gear - its globalized brand names and usage of polymers in the increaseingly mechanical manufacturing process. "The Green Blouse" from 1919, is one of Bonnard's sunlit interior paintings constructed with small brush strokes and a palette of warm and cool colors.

The materiality of this work hybridizes painting, sculpture and multilingualism. As a compositional unit, the word "white" appears in nine languages throughout the picture plane, furthering the viewer's personal associations to color and its social role within the global network of commodities exchange.

Transliterations: Amharic -- Holi / Arabic -- Abiad / English -- White / German -- Weiss Hebrew -- Lavan / Chinese -- Bái / Japanese -- Shiro / Latin -- Niveus / Russian -- Bhehley