I thought all paintings had colours, actually, he says
In Jon Fosse’s Septology V, Asle delivers a painting in black and white, in dismay to the friend who commissioned it.
The lack of color is a misunderstanding, like the lack of harmony in contemporary music. It is not the celebration of an absence, but its recognition.
We only seem to appreciate this when the absence is more intense than the presence.
But it has its dark side, too, showing us that there are places that have never seen color, that are sheer absence.
The consolation? There are still both darkness and light. It could well be all dark.