"Color is the synthesis, the element of conciliation between man and nature, not the color of nature but, rather, the color created by man in the work of art. This meaning of color does not jibe with Nietzsche’s concepts of the Dionysian and the Apollonian; instead, it strikes a balance between those two polarities. It is man’s color, the color of a dialogue started with the world and with himself, riddled with polarities, flexible to the point of becoming an abyss. What do we want from color? To prove or to lose ourselves in it? Only to live it.
- Hélio Oiticica, excerpt of journal entry dated September 1, 1960