Our gradient paradise – AGA LAB online exhibition #2

This weekend we slid from winter into spring and today (March 21) is International Color Day. AGA LAB is therefore opening its second online exhibition today: OUR GRADIENT PARADISE. A series full of steaming smokey colors.



The works in this exhibition all have a color ramp, a gradient. With a good gradient you can never say exactly where one color starts and the other ends, as for example with the rainbow. Or with the colors of a sunrise and sunset where pink-red fades over purple to blue. Or there where the deep into the shallow water changes and the color changes from deep dark purple-blue over ultramarine to green-blue.


Iridescent colours

A very specific gradient is the iridescent gradient. These are the colors of a soap bubble, an oil slick or a mother-of-pearl shell. These colors do not run in the color sequence of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, teal, purple-blue, purple) but have their own color rhythm, also known as the structural color chart. (Interference colour chart.)



The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges has written extensively on the subject of infinity. His well-known story The Aleph also revolves around the wondrous, unbelievable infinity. There are many iridescent colors in this story. Colors you can see but can’t catch. They are intangible, intangible and change as you change your point of view.


‘I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realised that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded.’


These colors are mirages and flow between illusion, dream and reality without the sharp lines.



‘I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance.’
Jorge Luis Borges





‘More like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.’
Franz Kafka




Participating artists:



Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph, Penguin books Ltd 2000.
Franz Kafka, The Diaries of Franz Kafka 1914-1923, Schocken Books 1971.



About the AGA LAB & KNUSTPRESS at AGA LAB online exhibitions

This is the second series of our online exhibitions. An initiative of artist and curator Barbara Collé. Every month we compile a new series in which the different printing techniques that AGA LAB and KNUST @ AGA LAB have to offer, such as Riso printing, screen printing, toyobo, digital printing and etching. The works are made by artists and designers who regularly work in our studio and / or participated in our AIR program.

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Peim van der Sloot en Jonael van der Sloot, 2020Visit our first online exhibition: Unlock the heart of the moon >