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INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation
INHABITAT: How does the term Colorfast describe your latest show?
R Nelson Parrish: The term Colorfast originally is a textile industry term derived at the beginning of the last century. It defines how a color cannot fade, wash out, or be diluted over time, and ultimately the color stays the same. Whether it be in a t-shirt, a dish towel, or even a house paint — the color remains true.
Color/Fast, as a title, came about for two reasons. The first is because the work deals with the language of color and speed. Second, my work is proposing that both the art experience and the athletic experience are the same emotion. Like the definition of colorfast, the work couples and invokes feelings that can withstand the test of time.
Plus, RGBUltraspeed and Speedscapes lacked that certain Je ne sais quoi.
INHABITAT: Tell us a little about the process of creating your works?
R Nelson Parrish: That is a lengthily lecture that I will not bore you with. I will say, in short, the process is long, tedious, arduous, demanding and expensive. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Each piece represents a minimum of 100 hours in fabrication, along with a buckets of blood, sweat and tears. However, like climbing Everest, the end result is 100% worth it. After 6 months of working a minimum 14 hour days, 7 days a week, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
INHABITAT: What materials do you use?
R Nelson Parrish: R Nelson Parrish: Color, wood, fiberglass, and bio-resin. I also do a lot of research that requires heavy documentation. I implement a lot of photography and video as source material.
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