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In-Between Colors

  • In-Between Color by Spencer Finch
  • Spencer Finch (American 1962-…)
    In-Between Colors, 2015
    Color aquatints
    13 x 12.25” each
    Edition 11/20
    Gift of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Spencer Finch (American 1962-…) Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Finch lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a degree in comparative literature from Hamilton College and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Finch’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally, and included in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and others.

    In June 2009, the artist’s work was exhibited at the International Venice Biennale in the featured Fare Mondi/Making Worlds show. More recently, Finch was commissioned to create a permanent installation for the September 11 Memorial and Museum. This extraordinary artwork, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning, commemorates the victims of the 2001 attacks and the World Trade Center bombing.

    In-Between Colors

    In his renderings of light and color, Finch unites scientific method with a poetic sensibility. While his works appear abstract, they are, in fact, representational. In-Between Colors is the result of a collaboration between the artist and Paulson Bott Press.

    "On the first day in the studio, the artist responded to a sample step-etch diagram that PBP created to exemplify etches based on the length of time in the acid bath. He recognized that the plates could directly associate color with time and decided that he would make a set of images like the diagram. He then chose five colors from the spectrum and layered plates in two colors to create grids that visually described the various combinations of color and density.

    "The titles: Yellowish-Orange, Orangish-Red, Reddish-Violet, Violetish-Blue, Bluish-Green and Greenish-Yellow speak to the idea of trying to describe a color, that which is most often subjective and elusive." Rhea Fontaine, Paulson Bott Press

    This beautiful portfolio of six color aquatints is located on Dana 16.

    Other Works by Spencer Finch in the Dana-Farber Collection

    Summer Light and Winter Light (Emily Dickenson’s Garden), 2010 were commissioned for the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care and made possible by a generous donation from the Andrea Abraham Fund. Each light box re-creates the light in Emily Dickinson's garden in Amherst, Massachusetts-one in summer (YC1), the other in winter (YC2), and the colors used to generate the specific light conditions were taken from observations of the garden throughout the two seasons.