Color is Relative from Dick Nelson

You may recognize the smoosh in the video below. This is the source and inspiration for all the content at colorisrelative.com. Dick Nelson who created this video and more at his vimeo channel studied with Josef Albers in the 1950’s. We are fortunate now that he is posting educational videos that illuminate our color sense.

Franklin: Come to your Senses!


I was asked by Dick Nelson to summarize my experience of his most recent class. At the same time, Franklin asked me to Come to my Senses!

Following other presentations on the senses, I shared revelations on the interaction of color that I learned in Nelson’s class and explained some of them using biological insights from Margaret Livingstone in her book “Vision and Art: Biology of Seeing”.

Bauhaus Archive in Berlin

The Bauhaus existed as in institution from 1919 to 1933. Josef Albers, the teacher with the longest tenure taught both the preliminary course which all students attending were required to take as well as his legendary color course. He inherited the preliminary course from Johannes Itten. Itten left in 1923 due apparently to differences in philosophy. His course included breathing techniques -“one lives and thinks the way he breathes.” Continue reading “Bauhaus Archive in Berlin”