Marie Lannoo
The architecture of colour

curator, Leah Taylor

Friday, Sept. 20 | 7 pm
Thursday, Oct. 24 | 12 noon | College Art Gallery 1

Exhibition essay by Sky Goodden 

The architecture of colour is a survey exhibition of recent work by Saskatoon-based artist Marie Lannoo. Her practice explores colour and light by employing conceptual research and scientific methods of material experimentation. Realized through painting and sculptural installation, Lannoo challenges how we view and negotiate colour in our everyday lives, highlighting the complexity, illusion, magic and beauty found within colour experiences.

Influenced by the history of abstraction and modernism, Lannoo has developed a minimalist aesthetic in response to her immediate prairie environment. With the series Blue Sky over Saskatoon and Summer, Winter, Fall Blue, Lannoo has documented the colour of the sky, painting it according to a prescriptive timeline that began at 7am and ended at 10pm, reflexive of the research done by Swiss physicist Horace de Saussure and his cyanometer.

Lannoo’s painterly and optical works, as seen with Nanofields 1-24, Extraspectral andAncient Architecture, describe the physics of colour to reveal that it doesn’t actually exist. Rather, wavelengths are received and processed by our optic brain into the colors of the visible light spectrum, hence, the architecture of colour.


About the Artist

Lannoo studied at York University, the University of Saskatchewan, Banff Centre for the Arts, and attended Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationally and internationally since 1980.Lannoo is founder and curator of 330g, an independent project and studio space located in Saskatoon.