Josef Albers Colour Studies

Briefly, Josef Albers set out a method for the optical rather than emotional study of colour. His studies show how colour ‘A’ can be activated by the colour ‘B’ in the middle of the spectrum of colour between it (A) and it’s opposite colour (C). Warm and cold tones activate each other. Colour’s ‘activate’ when in direct relation to each other, because isolated from a reference, the mind can not truly see a colour in its truth.

The first series are based on memories of places: Wadi Ram Desert in Jordan, Petra, the Alps, and Satsang.

The second series is an exploration of the evolving colours of the day’s light: from dawn to midnight; cataloguing them into a linear sequence, and then composing them into a sequence that mutually activates the colours.

First of the four section covers the break of dawn. The second sequence is the light of the still rising sun. In the third sequence mid-day light is over saturated and blended, as the sun begin to descend the colours become warm and rich. The final sequence sees the transition from warm to cold as the sun sets and night slays the day.

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