Grey often carries negative connotations: it comes across as dull, ordinary,…
Grey signalizes a distance from life (“all theory is… grey”). But the color is key to show what’s less visible. It can reveal shapes, methods and structures (think of grisailles). While the colour grey doesn’t predominates, it enhances and
intensifies the brilliance of every other color. As written in db-artmag on the Gerhard Richter exhibition ‘Acht Grau’ 2002: “Because grey contains the full color spectrum and seldom consists in a simple mixture of black and white, it always conveys an overall impression of harmony in which a colorful object can both dominate in space and become liberated from its isolation. … On the other hand, grey unifies, creating gentle transitions.”
It allows us to dig deeper than what’s evident. It can create mystery and arouses interest. Grey is a moment of rest to contemplate details. It doesn’t asks for attention and isn’t exhausting. Grey is a pauze, an intermezzo but also an introduction.
Charlotte Jonckheer explores this theme with her rugs 'Impressions' in collaboration with Serge Lesage and her material investigation 'Chaud' leading towards various design objects, which are in development.