Color Magic

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Artist Berndnaut Smilde creates indoor clouds

by gabemott on March 23, 2012 · 1 comment

Ephemeral art… for me the 12 seconds or so is plenty.



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Mauro Vecchi has covered just about all the of the most popular optical illusions with graceful and brief animations. When I first watched this, I wondered if I should just give up and go on vacation. But I’m inspired. The trick of optical illusions serves to break down into simple disctinctions information on how our eyes and brain interact with the world. So this video instead of being the final say is really more the opening dialogue. The task ahead is to bridge the optical illusions to creating beauty in art through an understanding of how we see. Enjoy.

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32 Poles

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by gabemott on October 1, 2009 · 0 comments

With 32 Poles, I was going for a much more subtle effect than in the 3 other pole pages. By using a blue and orange that are complements and are closer in value and as well using a greater number of poles, the steps are more subtle and the effect is more powerful. Almost the entire row of 31 poles will appear orange when the last pole is selected and matches the background. And vis versa, when the far left pole is selected, the rest of the poles look blue.

In addition, the grid on the far left allows you to see the poles against a stronger blue and stronger orange than the extreme left and right poles. It also allows you to clear your eye fatigue by opting for a clear white, black or neutral gray background.

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How many colors do you see?

July 1, 2009

[embed code] This is a natural phenomenon of our eyes. The background, or context of a color, affects how we see it. What the evolutionary traits of this are, I have no idea, but we’ve learned in the class how a painter can use these phenomenon to create luminosity– vibrancy among colors. The homework in [...]

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El color es relativo

October 10, 2008

Does anyone who speaks Spanish care to translate? Color is relative is mentioned in an Argentine publication– Tam Tam. Nuestra percepción del brillo y la luminosidad de un color depende de sus colores vecinos. Lo podés comprobar con algunos pequeños experimentos. En el primero, deslizando el mouse sobre el panel central cambiás el color del [...]

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Launch of Color is Relative

July 16, 2008
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Color is Relative is a website dedicated to showing luminosity achieved through simple color combinations. On the site, the image at left is interactive. By moving the mouse over a single swatch the background color of the page will change to the same color. The effect is intended to show the impact of changing the [...]

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