2 rooms in Start Display
This Start display introduces you to some of the best-loved artworks in the Tate collection
This display shows art from a range of countries, cultures and times, linked by a focus on colour. We live our lives in colour. Each one of us perceives colour differently, and how we react to colours might depend on our eyesight, our mood or where we are from. Artists often use colour to explore their thoughts or feelings or their place in the world. Artists have tried to expand the way colour is used, from paint to film to new materials. You can see examples in this display and throughout the rest of Tate Modern.
Where Do I Start?
Here are some ideas you can use in Start and the rest of the gallery. You might see artworks that make you question what art is. It could help if you look closely and think about:
What is your first reaction to the work?
Why does it make you feel or think like that?
What is it made of?
Why has the artist chosen those materials?
Does the size of the work affect your experience of it?
Where is the artist from and when did they live? How has this influenced them?
What do you think the work is about?
Why don’t you take a photograph of this list, so you can refer to it when you look at the art?
Let us know what you think #TateStart.
Curated by Ann Coxon and Valentina Ravaglia with Kirsteen McSwein and Gillian Wilson, Tate Learning
Rivane Neuenschwander, Cao Guimarães, Quarta-Feira de Cinzas / Epilogue 2006
Quarta-Feira de Cinzas / Epilogue 2006 is a single channel video lasting 5 minutes and 48 seconds and shown on a loop. It features a ground-level, close-up view of red and black ants carrying coloured confetti across the floor of the Brazilian rainforest. The film starts with one ant carrying a piece of gold confetti over a gritty surface, followed by shots of differently sized ants attempting to grip or drag confetti across soil and tree trunks. As the video progresses it begins to show multiple ants per scene: a pair collaborate to move a disc up a small hill, and a group fights over a piece of silver confetti. The vegetation surrounding the insects becomes denser and the shots show increasing numbers of ants and confetti pieces, the brightly coloured, often reflective discs contrasting with the earthy tones of the rainforest. The video concludes with a multitude of ants carrying their confetti into a dark crevice in the soil. The film’s soundtrack combines ambient noises, such as bird calls, leaves rustling and cars passing, with the rhythmic sound of matchsticks hitting the ground. The latter are intermittent at first, becoming more constant during the film’s second half. The work is displayed in a 5 x 7 or 6 x 8 metre room with black walls and a dark grey carpet, and projected onto the wall at a width of 3–4 metres. The projection area is covered with reflective white paint and positioned at a height that corresponds roughly to the eye level of the seated viewer (see ‘Specifications for the Room’, instructions from Galeria Fortes Vilaça to Tate, 4 April 2007, Tate Conservation File).
artworks in Colour