“Muted Rainbow” is Christian Bazant-Hegemarks first solo exhibition at gallery twenty-six. It consists of paintings and drawings that blend everyday moments with dream states, dissociations, and various emotive and sub-emotive conditions.
The title blends two topics: In nature, rainbows refer to “phenomena caused by refractions of the sun’s light by rain or water droplets“; in everyday life, the word is used for a wide range of related, typically colorful things. Rainbows stand for hopes and promises, diversity and peace. Muted colors on the other hand are those with low saturation; they are created by adding black, white, or complementary colors to whichever base pigment is used. Muted colors are dull, desaturated, a tad bit grey.
In the context of the exhibition, the term refers to the undiscovered, as well as the undeveloped or underdeveloped: without contact to the world, it’s difficult to experience oneself as joyful or alive; one rather remains hidden, insecure and needy. These situations frequently lead to strategies of control, in order to establish safety when interacting with the world. Yet control also deadens the lively and joyful, instead of simply strengthening them; the urge for balance between these opposing desires (for control as well as liveliness) thus marks the life of many people. An alternative to control would be trust, which in turn requires courage.
How would a life be like that operates in courage and liveliness, that’s self- and world-confident? A life beyond the Muted Rainbow?