J. Albers #2

I think it is fair to say that multiple readings of “Interaction of colour” or a must, with each read a new understanding is gained.

My imidate reaction to Albers is that he has a very methodical approach to colour. Which explains his prevalence for paper that produces pristine results over the unpredictability of paints and pigments. On this note I can see why designers adore Albers’ writing, as it can on occasion take the form of a designers checklist for things to remember.

“Anyone who predicts the effect of colours proves that he has no experience with colour.”

I thought this was a wonderful statement because it is so true, but I like the additional unpredictability of the paints that I use. The variety is what adds personality to each of the individual paintings, helping to create the visual discourse of similarities and differences of each one when they are in their paired format.

Albers also states that while there are innumerable colours, there are only about 30 names for colours. On reflection, I think this might be why I prefer the coded system that allows for greater linguistic descriptions. Although numbers are void of emotive meaning and so do not provoke a response upon hearing the code. However, this could mean that people who hear the code will not assume the appearance of the painting, allowing them to experience it before they are influenced by their own imagination.



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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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