"Two adjacent colours, when seen by the eye, will appear as dissimilar as possible"
Michel Eugène Chevreul
Simultaneous Contrast is supported by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council.
We are used to how strangely colours behave as they are processed by our optical and mental mechanisms. But as concepts, as they tangle with the network of language, their behaviour becomes even more unpredictable. Reds and blues stand in political and sporting opposition; yellow is a sign of cowardice although only one shift along the spectrum from the affirming green light and virtuous green agendas; and discussing the warmth of red and quenching of blue provides a synaesthesic experience. There is far more to colour than meets the eye.
In a set of seven posters, Simultaneous Contrast explores the interaction of colour and language. Each poster promotes not only the sensations but different interpretations of the colours. Like Chevreul’s contrasts, they highlight dissimilarities to promote an understanding, not only of individual colours, but of Colour itself.
DERBYSHIRE ART FESTIVALS
Simultaneous Contrast is created for the 2007 Derbyshire Art Festivals. It seeks public sites for display, such as church notice boards and other hoardings. Each display, involving up to seven posters, will be shown at the following festivals:
Matlock Live! (21-25 June)
Ashbourne (22 June – 8 July)
Bakewell (1-12 August)
Wirksworth (8-9 September)
Shared Spaces is a partnership formed to
promote a fresh approach to public art. Based on a core team of Charles
Shared Spaces places the public at the heart of its methodology and aims to emphasise the process of engaging with the location and its community in the generation of relevant, contemporary and sustainable public art.