Poems for Gerhard Richter
(Color, Poetry and Truth)
This is a series of text images based on the color squares painted by GERHARD RICHTER. Each color square was assigned the corresponding hexadecimal code (hexcode). Size, proportions and titles of the originals have been retained.
A special monospace font was designed. the font “HexSquare" allows six of sixteen alphanumeric characters (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, a, b, c, d, e, f) that make up a hexcode, to be depicted as a square. The work is based on the search for a logic of color concepts demanded by LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN. the presentation as a code also creates colors as linguistic constructs.
The representation as code allows a color depiction in black and white. The truth of a color is determined and guaranteed by its hexadecimal code (hexcode). The chromaticity of the pigment colors changes over the years. Pigment colors do not change synchronously, i. e. red fades differently than blue or yellow. Every pigment, every resin, ages differently and causes chromatic shifts between the colors.