RN1096 Language of Colour, Pink, 2017

Language of Colour is based on colour’s power in conveying ideas and information. Each of the seven works in the series references idioms and expressions relating to colour — words that are peculiar to themselves grammatically but whose relation to colour gives them specific meaning.

neon mounted on aluminium box

63 3/4 × 35 1/16 in | 162 × 89 cm

pink lady

1. a classic gin-based cocktail with a long history
2. brand name for Cripps Pink apples

pink cadillac

1984 song by Bruce Springsteen released as the B-side of Dancing in the Dark

pink elephant

euphemism for hallucination supposedly typical of those experienced by a person who is drunk

pink floyd

English rock band founded in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright. David Gilmour joined in 1967

pink champagne

‘Pink Champagne’ was a cheap, sweet version of sparkling wine made in the 1950s and early 1960s because the American public thought Brut Champagne was too dry

pink slip

refers to the US practice of including a discharge notice in an employee’s pay envelope to notify the worker of his or her termination of employment or layoff. ‘Pink slip’ has become a metonymy for the termination of employment in general

pink gin

cocktail made fashionable in England in the mid-19th century, consisting of Plymouth gin and a dash of Angostura bitters

pink pound

the purchasing power of the gay community

pink panther

series of comedy-mystery films where ‘The Pink Panther’ refers to a large and valuable diamond. The diamond is named for the flaw at its centre, which when viewed closely is said to resemble a leaping panther. The Pink Panther character featured in the animated opening sequence of the first film and most of the subsequent films. Named after the series, ‘Pink Panthers’ is the name given by Interpol to an international jewel thief network

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