Color systems

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Francis William O'Connor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: There are two seemingly opposite directions simultaneously present in this current work. One is an emotive, lyrical color; the other is a rigid and formal mathematical system. Color is particularly relevant to my work because its connotations exist apart from any physical manifestation. Mathematics, on the other hand, is a philosophy, non-existent physically, which needs a physical presence, if only symboloic, to be understood. Together they act as complements or in a symbiotic relationship. What color has, a physical reality, it gives to the mathematical system. What mathematics has, a straightforward logic, it gives to the color system. And what they both provide the viewer exists outside of this physicality and depends entirely upon one's thought processes, both rational and irrational. One can see the color and the mathematics to an extent, but the essence of the work requires sensing the color and understanding the logic of the system.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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