Color Wheel is a new series in which we identify a trending color in art for the week and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity. This week’s color is Pepto Bismol (pink). Readers are invited to send us images they have on hand so long as they match the profiled colors and we’ll post the best ones we receive.
In “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare used the color pink as double-entendre for essence (“the very pink of courtesy”) and having decorative holes in your shoes (your “pinked” pumps are “well flowered”). So it makes sense that David Gilbert– who transforms the spirit of ripped and torn objects into high aesthete, and vice-versa– uses a lot of pink.
Take this cheapo curtain on a Bed Bath & Beyond shower rod. It emanates elegance. (It’s also a lot pinker in person). A nearby ball of yarn on the floor becomes a Chamberlainesque moment. A small dick painting becomes a floral garnish. And this strand of pink rags in Girlfriend! may be rags hanging off a wooden stretcher bar, but they catch the light like morning glories on a vine. Only pink can be so blowsy and so sexy.