Project 2

Simultaneous Contrast Study: OrangeRedOrange

+ title, and chosen contrast
+  process, reference Itten reading
+  results, reference Itten reading
+  conclusions

For the second project, I’ve chosen to explore the effects of simultaneous contrast through a series of three paper sculptures, one green, one blue and one orange. I then placed each sculpture on a their own wood base, each base painted the same hue of red-orange in order to show a simultaneous contrast. Itten says that “simultaneous contrast results from the fact that for any given color the eye simultaneously requires the complementary color, and generates it spontaneously if it is not present,” (Itten, 52). Since the human eye generates that complementary color, it alters the perception of the original color depending on what colors are around it.

In this series, we can see that the orange sculpture makes the red-orange base appear darker, the blue sculpture makes the red-orange appear brighter (more like a true orange, blue’s complement), and the green has little effect.

I’m glad that my experiment was successful. Simultaneous contrast is a difficult concept to explain, but I know it when I see it, which is sort of the point. Our perception/interpretation of color is always relative to its surroundings. Trying to name a color is impossible; it just is what it is at any given moment.


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