MONOCHROME, Jaune, Geel, Gelb, Yellow
reflective foil, graphite, forensic police
Van Doesburg House, Paris, 26 – 28 April 2019
Site specific installation and performance in Van Doesburghuis, the studio/house designed by Theo van Doesburg for himself in 1929. Bisecting the windows to the studio, Pittas added a right angled triangle cut out of yellow ‘prismatic’ foil, made in reference to the yellow vest movement whose emergence coincided with his residency at Van Doesburghuis. Exchanges between Van Doesburg’s legacy and the protest movement outside are extended through the graphite quotations and typographic symbols drawn directly on to the walls and studio table by Pittas. They reference a diverse range of sources, including the theatrical language used by the yellow vest movement to title each protest, the media response, as well as the single leaf magazine ‘Mécano’, which Van Doesburg subtitled after a different colour. At the request of the artist, forensic police surveyed the studio during the exhibition’s opening event, documenting the contemporary additions made since it’s construction as criminal acts.
This project led to the exhibition ‘jaune, geel, gelb, yellow. Acts of modernism with Antonis Pittas and Theo van Doesburg’ at Centraal Museum, Utrecht, in which the artist was invited to work with their Van Doesburg collection, as well as the publication ‘jaune, geel, gelb, yellow. Monochrome’ published by Jap Sam Books.