Gravity's Rainbow (4 stars)

Pynchon-inspired group show explores different representations of colour

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Gravity's Rainbow

The acid house smiley face on the sunny yellow ball of Peter Liversidge’s shelf-load of single-hued detritus speaks volumes about this colour-focused group show of eight artists that takes its title from Thomas Pynchon’s baroque noir. It begins with a joke by Yves Klein, who in 1954 published a booklet of coloured paper rectangles that purported to be the creations of some hip young kid on the block, but which were actually found off-cuts. The fact that Liversidge, too, has painstakingly remade his own rubbish out of clay and placed it next to the original adds to the gag.

Kay Rosen’s wall paintings ape Pynchon and Klein by using colours on the basis of their aspirationally-inclined names, ending up with mint choc chip style blocks as demonstrated by ‘Mud Hut between Willow Tree and Apple Tree beside Rocky Road separated by Hedgerow from Copper Canyon’. This is painting and decorating as art, as are Ian Davenport’s candy-stripe paintings in which rivulets drip down to form mixed-up splodges on the floor, where David Batchelor’s giant balls of single-coloured rolled up cables await a giant kitty-cat to bounce them into touch.

Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sat 23 Jul.

Gravity's Rainbow

  • 4 stars

Thomas Pynchon's 1973 novel Gravity's Rainbow is one of our candidates for Best Book, Like, Evarrrr, even though some of it literally is rocket science. This interesting new show takes its cue from Pynchon's imaginative use of colour, and features colour-themed work by David Batchelor, Jonathan Callan, John Chamberlain…

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