Colour, Light and Contrast – The final piece

Colour, Light and Contrast

This work is based upon and is an interpretation of the Additive Primary Colours, RGB.  These colours, along with their secondary colours (MCY) make up pure white light.  this theory is based upon Newton’s theory that light is made up of colour, it isn’t a colourless medium.  The way we see colour can be explained by this theory; the chair appears blue as it absorbs all other colours of light and bounces the blue tone back at us.  Newton’s theory also examined the opposite of light, darkness – or an absence of light, objects are colourless in the absence of any light.  The work also works with Goethe’s theory of colour being formed through interaction of light and dark; yellow is darkened white while blue is lightened black.  Goethe’s ideas examine contrast and how varying the levels of light can affect the tone and appearance of colour.

Both these theories, along with the Additive Primary Colours are important to us as they help us to see and make sense of the world around us.  They are also important to us as photographers as it helps with developing images, whether on-screen or in the darkroom.

The image above was taken on the day we had to exhibit our work in the studio and is how I presented my work to the class.  I created a mobile and 3 painted canvases to try to explain the colour theory.  The writing above (in bold) is my Artist Statement which is visible below my work in the image.

I was quite happy with how my work turned out and how it looks on the wall.  I wish that I had decided what I was going to do sooner, and worked towards it in a better way than I did.  I feel that I was lost for a few weeks when I was mulling over what to do and just looking at images, reading text and trying to form an idea.  I’m not sure why it took so long for an idea to come to me, but i do remember feeling pretty daunted by the task set for us.

I’m not sure that this work is yet complete as I would like to add several more canvases and make a few more sculptures/mobiles to go along with it, and |I would like to see them all hung next to each other to see what it would look like complete.  I would also like to play around with size and scale and see what happens when I put large and small and micro together.

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Project Make!

Yeah, I know, I’m doing a degree in Photo Art so surely I should be taking photos and creating works with them?  Not necessarily, as I discovered in my project Model Family (here..https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/a-model-family-the-finished-product/).  I must admit though, that as we were given pretty much free rein to do anything we wanted I was a bit baffled, and also scared, as we only have a few weeks in order to bring our ideas together and create something that is an object rather than images.

I originally thought about using maps in some way but I didn’t have any concrete ideas.  I decided to explore my love of color further and am currently constructing and painting a model that is an interpretation of the light spectrum color wheel/photographers color wheel/additive color wheel.  There are 3 main color wheels, the painters color wheel which has Red, Yellow, Blue as the primary colors  Orange, Green, Purple as secondary, the Additive color wheel, where Red, Green, Blue are the main colors  Magenta, Cyan, Yellow become the secondary colors with White as the central color created when these colors are all mixed together, and the Subtractive/Printers color wheel where Yellow, Magenta, Cyan become the main colors and Green, Blue, Red become the secondary colors which when mixed become black (which is fairly similar to the painters color wheel, when you  mix all the colors together you get a dark, blackish brown color).

My work for this project, so far, is concentrating on the additive color wheel as it is how color is transmitted to us and how we interpret and see color ourselves.

The additive color wheel is based on the idea that pure light is made up of all the colors  a chair appears blue because it absorbs all other colors from the light source but bounces the blue color back at us.  Newtons theory comes into this where his idea is that darkness is an absence of light therefore an object becomes colorless in the absence of light.

Gothe’s ideas surrounding light and color are also relevant in that colors are formed through an interaction of light and dark (how tones and shades are created) For example, yellow is darkened white and blue is lightened black.

There are many other ideas and facts surrounding color  for example, the human eye can detect and distinguish between more shades of green than any other color as our eye is most sensitive to that color  yellow is the only color to change totally the darker it gets, from yellow to ochre, all other colors just become darkened versions of themselves.

There is so much more to color than we can see!!!!