Yesterday I had a tutorial with Mark and we talked about what I had seen at the Saatchi gallery. I explained why I liked some bits of work more than others. I explained how I thought the piece below was complimented by another piece that illuminated the room a bright blue colour.
As you can see above the room has a blue light filling it that is cast by a piece of work displayed by a different artist. I think this light really works well with the hanging clothing lamps. It’s strange because the original piece is unlikley to have been invisioned in this blue lit room. I think it adds a nice contrast of of colour and makes the lamps them selves stand out much. Since realising this I’ve been thinking of ways to create a juxtaposition through lighting for my project. After chatting to Mark he advised me to go back to basics and research into some colour theory, to see what colours compliment eachother, clash and what mood they give. When you think about it colour is a massive part of every day life. Some brands are marketed almost completley through there use of colour. It becomes an identity and some even place copyright on the exact shade so no other companies can use it.
Another Great example is Apple
Trying to prove what colours work well together is tricky because expression through colour is subjective. For example I might love the colour Orange but Mark may hate it. It’s a situation where you will never be able to please everyone who sees it. Because of this I think it will be best to go with what feels right to me and hope that a majority of people with think I’ve made the right descision. I was also advised by Mark not to take the simple idea of complimenting colours and run with that. He knows that In my past projects I’ve liked to do things a little differently and challenge some ‘rules’. When he said this I started to think about how I could do this through colour in my lighting. It’s at this point that I had to read up about this bad boy… The colour wheel.
There’s lots of research into the psychological effect colours have on us. For example a lot of people associate the colour red with danger as symbolised on traffic lights. This is something for me to consider when I come to choose what colours to use. I either want them to compliment the or clash with the mood that my music brings. When me and louis were experimenting with the L.E.D’s I thought the violet colour the lights could produce was really effective and striking. When used with a light red colour some really nice effects are produced. I think if it’s used in a minimal way this will work well with some of the less conventional music I produce.
I’ve just been looking into ultra violet light as well. After seeing the instillation below at Saatchi I’ve been looking into buying a U.V. light. I’d love to see how some red L.E.D’s look in an ultra violet environment.
This was so effective and minimalistic. I’d love to experiment with some U.V. lighting however I’ll have to read up on health and safety aspects as there is a potential health risk when using them.
Below is a cool example of some U.V. instillations.