Art Explained: The Persistence of Color

June 12, 2019


J. Antonio FARFAN  

Persistence of Color  ( Aged Painting )  

2017/ 2019

Acrylic, oil and gold leaf on linen - curtain is a second layer of linen

46 x 46 in. ( 116.8 x 116.8 cm) 
12,750 unframed 


The curtain has been a recurring theme in my work for the past thirty years and has since been a both a decorative symbol and later an indicator between stages of time. It either introduces the future or closes the past.   The theatrical experience of discovery invites the viewer to ponder the tinier symbols being uncovered. 

In its current manifestation the curtain is closing a blind epoch and realizing the growth of information led by massive breakthroughs in technology.  In the Persistence of Color, the curtain opens up a microcosm of the current state of technology. Tiny symbols of geometry, mathematics, science and text connect to make credible, evidence based icons that describe a whole new world.  We are once again in an era of great discovery,  the internet has opened up areas of knowledge previously closed to many.  This age mimics the Italian Renaissance of the mid fifteenth century where the discovery and introduction of ancient texts led by academic and independent scholars changed the entire course of history.   The Renaissance like our current  “Webnaissance”  has allowed us to make credible and evidence based discoveries of ancient and unknown texts exactly mimicking the discoveries of the Italian Renaissance.      

Our entire society has evolved dramatically and the evolution of technology has invoked a powerful change for humanity.  The once hidden world within scholarship, science, history and religion have cleared their murky existence and revealed thousands of distorted and guarded bits of information.  Data has become a way of life, and with it and new mindset of inquiry and investigation that is making the world less monochrome.


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