Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Vicki Myhren Gallery at Denver University where they held a "color symposium" at their wonderfully curated art exhibition, Learning to See Color. I wanted to share highlights from the talk and the exhibition today as color is much more complex and interesting than most of us realize.
The exhibit explores color and the elusiveness of it. What I liked most about this exhibit was the exploration of color not just in art, how it is perceived in music, industry (including the coatings industry!) and everyday life.
photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
The exhibit was curated by Dan Jacobs of the gallery and co-curated by Jeffery Keith who is an artist, color expert and teacher. Jeffery's background of 20 plus years in the industry and knowledge in color led to this exhibit coming to fruition. The show also stems off of the examination a portfolio of works on paper by Josef Albers — called “Formulation: Articulation" As Albers noted in the past, "When you really understand that each color is changed by a changed environment, you eventually find that you have learned about life as well as about color."
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Josef Albers work in the exhibition, photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
As a color consultant, I deal with color changing in it's environment DAILY. I have learned to understand it as simultaneous contrast. Simultaneous contrast identified by Michel Eugène Chevreul refers to the manner in which the colors of two different objects affect each other. The effect is more noticeable when shared between objects of complementary color. There are examples of this concept throughout the show.
Vicki Myhren Gallery
Vicki Myhren Gallery
The panel presenters included a range of creative professionals including Marketing Manager from Sherwin Williams, Christie Del Ciotto. They provided a vast exploration into color and left the audience wanting to know even more about color, it's meaning, how it is perceived and where it is going. The show was a educational exploration into color and a tough concept to pull off successfully, but I am happy to say the and exhibition was a success.
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