Mark Rothko’s “Untitled (orange and yellow)”

There is this land, a land of colors. Just like the planet we live on, this land has upwards of seven billion different colors living in it. Although, they don’t have many of the amenities we have. Just as we have colors that make up our vision of nature and the outdoors, these colors have blank space, or black, of which their nature consists. They don’t have animals, and these colors are all in the shape of perfect cubes. As the colors get older, the corners and edges of their cubes wear down a little bit. Much like how we can judge the age of a tree fairly accurately by examining the rings in the trunk, the age of these colors can be determined by inspecting the wear of the  edges and corners of the colors. These colors can communicate, but their form of communication is far too complex for an explanation the English language could offer. These colors also live for thousands of years, but since their life is far more complicated than our own, and the notion of time and its length ultimately come down to one’s perception of it, their lifespan is really of no relevance.

So, now to these two colors. As is apparent by a brief investigation of these cubes’ edges, even though there are a few kinks in their armor, they are fairly young. They are stacked on top of each other as part of a bizarre game that is frequently played on this planet. Because these colors are cubes, they are perfect for stacking. Also, due to the fact that naturally untarnished cubes will stack more evenly, generally only the youngsters of this planet partake in this game. The objective of the game is quite straightforward: to stack as high as possible. These two shades of yellow and orange were best friends. But because their perfect cube form had been corroded by a fair amount of rough-housing, two blocks was the highest these two cubes could manage. An additional detail about this painting is the background. It is a different shade because that color is the referee of this game. As to why it is so much bigger than the other two blocks in front of it? That is merely a tendency amongst the race of referees.

rothko orange-and-yellow

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