Untitled (Blue screens), 2015
The blue screens are renderings of movie stills, screengrabbed moments in films as they turn to a full shade of blue. Often skies, the ocean, sometimes something up close, they are especially found in the movies’ opening or closing shots. As the start of a story or an open end, these split seconds seem to function as the structural markers of a medium. Seen this way, the blues are references to chroma keying, but also play a role as narrative colors. The printscreens are screenprinted on paper, returning the digitally collected images to an analogue technique closer to the celluloid they originally appeared on.
Robin Waart has written a text about the ‘cinematic blue’, available (in Dutch) on http://tijdschriftterras.nl/eros-en-erosie-over-leeftijd-kleur-en-film/