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One of the most awaited days in the year

Posted on December - 14 - 2018

December is here and with it, one of the most awaited days in the year, one that brings joy in the heart of both children and adults alike: Christmas day! This festivus holiday has become a global affair, where many traditions are shared throughout the world. Whether you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, in Europe or the Americas, there are some aspects of Christmas that can be found in many different places that mimic each other. Historically, most of the customs come from Europe, and it is believed that partly it was during the Victorian rituals as well as ancient and medieval traditions were sealed for posterity. This can clearly be seen in the color code of Christmas, green and red. Accordingly, there have been many studies conducted into why these two colors are associated with Christmas and the way in which they convey deep symbolism. As Christmas is close to the Winter Solstice, the highest point in winter, it marked for people the promise of the Spring to come. Even gold has been incorporated to represent the light in the darkness. Some say that the green and the red in Mistletoe, Ivy and Holly all reminded people of the end of winter. Also, as Christmas is firstly a Christian tradition, many of the colors are associated with Jesus and Christian imagery.

Nevertheless, red and green and even gold is now inextricably associated with Christmas and homes around the world have adopted the color palette for the holiday season. In Scoop Art, among the talented artists that we represent, there are some that have incorporated these versatile colors into their compositions. Here are three works of art that use color associated with the holidays but in engaging and personal ways.

Martin Pelenur, Serie Sepia 40, 2017

The Uruguayan artist’s work is recognizable, uses plains and other synthetics mediums on simple compositions, where he places a great deal of importance in the reactions and behaviors of the different materials he uses. In this series, we see the artists appropriated red crimsons contrasting against a white backdrop.

Alejandro Medina, Transfigurations 4, 2015

A young and fresh artist based in Los Angeles, Medina has appropriated digital mediums to create this series of digital and analog collages. The combinations of a traditional technique with a contemporary one creates this dreamlike composition.

Patricia Salamonde, Mini Concreto Ser 1 E2, 2015

Argentinian artist, Patricia Salamonde’s work is distinctive, having taken up inspirations from her exposure to Brazilian concrete and neo-concrete art. Her work is an experimentation of color and abstract geometric figures.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz