Color on Colors

(2005 / 89 minutes / DV)

distributor: Video Data Bank

Satoshi Uchiumi is a Japanese abstract painter. He believes that the beauty of painting lies within paint itself, and has pursued beauty by painting thousands of colored dots. He has also become known for his ability to highlight the relationship between the artwork, the exhibition space, and the viewer.

This documentary reveals the process of his major early work, Under the Colors, which was first exhibited at MACA Gallery in Tokyo in 2004. The size of this painting is 380 x 1700cm (approx. 150 x 670 inches.) He spent 6 months to finish this piece. Instead of working on a single large canvas, he painted on smaller canvases and then combined them into one in the exhibition space. Since he worked in a small studio, he had no chance to view the entire piece until he installed. During the process, he patiently kept putting paint on the canvas repeatedly.

The filmmaker visited his studio to document the art-making process every two weeks. This film shows the art-making process without narration, voice-over, and interview.