Project Rainbow is a Vancouver artists' collective that began in 2005 to study concepts of movement and colour. The members, Jade Boyd, Jesse Birch, Sydney Vermont and Heidi Nutley, collaborate on film, video, dance and performance art.
The Ruby Glass Production Still #12 (2009) [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Jul 23-Sep 6]
Research-based, each piece is derived from literary or art historical sources that have included works by Honoré de Balzac, Maya Deren and Yvonne Rainer. Previous works include L'Human Comedy (2005), a study of the colour yellow, and Variations on Green (2006). The group, which emphasizes audience interaction and public art, draws from a range of artistic mediums. They have been awarded a public art commission by the City of Vancouver for 2010 that will be titled Blue.
The Ruby Glass takes its name from Werner Herzog's 1976 film, Herz aus Glas, and incorporates public workshops to study the colour red (the after-image of the colour green). In part, the work explores the relationship of physical gestures to hypnosis and to the dance plagues of 14th through 16th century Europe dances that were characterized by erratic spasms and mass hysteria.
Originally shown in 2007 at the Stores Road studios, University of British Columbia, the 2009 version of The Ruby Glass is curated by Vancouver artist Kathy Slade.