During the 2020 pandemic, Ricardo Brey, unable to leave his home and studio in Ghent, Belgium, turned to the color blue, which he associated with the sky and sea, symbols of an unattainable expansiveness and freedom. In his works on paper from this period, Brey adopts an almost exclusively blue palette, a significant departure from the earth-colored ochers and rusty reds of previous works on paper. Brey works this dramatic shift in hue into a coherent and ambitious theme connecting much of his current work, with variegated blues winding through his two and three dimensional, much like how he himself moves fluidly across traditional and non-traditional mediums.
Parisian blue (2021) features a nebulous cloud of Parisian blue pigment enveloping masses of organic rhizomatic forms that appear to unfurl in all directions. One of his central conceptual concerns is the model of the rhizome, by which we can experience and parse multiplicities rather than reducing our experience to a set of binaries.