The Opposite of Orange: When the mask falls away

By Sherry Hamlet Saturday, July 5th, 2014 Categories: Exhibitions, Reviews, Updates
 

The Opposite of Orange, a creative photography and art initiative, opened at the Grenada National Museum on Thursday July 3, 2014. Through this series, the artist Teddy D. Frederick showcased a collection of ten pieces influenced by what is often referred to as Pablo Picasso’s ‘blue period’.

With this endeavor, Frederick pushes the envelope and bypasses the regularly accepted boundaries of painting and photography in Grenada. He chooses instead to create an amalgamation of both disciplines as his finished product; a compelling representation of his passionate interest in mixed media art.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition 'The Opposite of Orange'.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition ‘The Opposite of Orange’.

With this series, Frederick explores the section of the creative mind seldom celebrated or even acknowledged publicly. The artist brings to the forefront a notion which is in contrast to the fiery craze often attributed to creative mentality. In true artist fashion, Frederick likens this same sense of fiery resilience to the colour orange.  He then delves into the deep sense of struggle and heavy moods that can plague an artistic will, which can quickly result in stagnation and melancholic residue of a vision not yet realized. With the Opposite of Orange, Frederick manages to skillfully show instead of tell how the extreme ‘orange’ heights of artists’ existence can be contradicted by its cavernous, inky-like hold in the more blue moments of life.

During his creative process, Frederick chose to paint directly onto the subject of each piece before any form of digital manipulation. This allowed him to have a more three dimensional command over light, texture and colour in his finished product, all in hopes that what was conveyed by each persona would be a clear portrayal of his idea in its entirety.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition 'The Opposite of Orange'.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition ‘The Opposite of Orange’.

The artist comments “Photography for me is no longer just a way of digitally documenting an event, it’s an art form.” – Frederick, T.D. ‘Opposite of Orange’. Grenada National Museum.  3rd July 2014.

This much is evident, as each piece has a unique interplay of composition and mood.

Frederick goes ever further by making available for sale not just the original pieces but smaller, limited edition, quality prints in collaboration with various members of the Writers Association of Grenada, who have contributed self authored poetry specifically inspired by the artist’s work printed onto the back of each available print.

The exhibition will continue through the month of July at the Grenada National Museum.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition 'The Opposite of Orange'.

Work by Teddy Frederick in the exhibition ‘The Opposite of Orange’.

Tedday Frederick’s Artist Statement:

The opposite of orange is a concept based on Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s blue period; I have attempted to make my own interpretation of what the blue period means for me as an artist. The challenge thereafter was conveying a collage of visually dynamic images that incorporate a combination of performance art and photography to give the final product the aesthetic of a painting. In my pursuit to create such a thing, I acquired volunteers that were willing to have their bodies painted, giving a three dimensional impression of what the work should appear to be.

Why the opposite of orange?

On the color spectrum the opposite of orange is blue. Blue for me in this series tells a story of great emotional disposition; the struggles and the realities that exist in the different stages of an artist’s life.

Sherry Hamlet
Sherry Hamlet

Caribbean born and bred, Sherry E.A Hamlet is a writer currently residing in Grenada. Alongside her prose writing, she also performs original works of poetry, going by the stage name ‘TheWordyPhoenix’. Presently, Sherry is pursuing her degree in English and Literature with Education. She is a past President and current Vice President of the Writers’ Association of Grenada.