Color and Pattern Studies

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The piece shown is an abstract environment design. In this piece groupings of forms and surfaces are covered with external qualities (colour, 2- and 3-D pattern, 2- and 3-D texture, etc.) to show dominance, sub dominance, sub ordinance, etc., relationships between the different pieces within the group, defined ‘fronts’ and ‘backs’ of each piece and of the set as a whole, how each piece within the group can relate to the base, etc. As a whole, the group was also worked to be an interesting, dynamic, and yet subtle, set. Multiple sketches were made of each element before the final design (as shown) was completed. Qualities (texture, pattern, etc.) change in scale, shape, direction and directionality, density, complexity. Colours change in value, hue and intensity and were placed with an awareness of nearby and relating colour complements.

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Inspired by the colours and feathers of a peacock, the piece shown is a study in form, color, texture and pattern. After an initial experimentation in form, this shape was chosen for the final piece for its simplicity but multi-directional interest. All 2- and 3-dimensional patterns and textures change on the form with subtlety or dramatically to indicate the shape of the piece, dominance of feature, or the defined ‘front’ or ‘back’ of the piece. Multiple prototypes were created out of chipboard before the final design (as shown) was completed. Surface qualities (texture, pattern, etc.) change in scale, shape, direction and directionality, density, complexity. Colours change in value, hue and intensity, and were placed with an awareness of nearby and relating color complements. Notice the painted cross-sections of the cut-outs, the colours and shapes coming through the holes made by the cut-outs and the subtle sponging seen on the different surfaces. [Museum board, acrylic paint, galvanized wire, Dec 2013]

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