Naomie Christensen: Visual Display

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Visual Display

Everyone sees color differently. Chemical responses determine how we see. Rods and cones are given credit as relaying sight to the brain. Some have color blindness or partial color blindness. Some have a full scope of sensing a difference in hue. Tests determine if someone uses brightness or spectrum to observe the world.

Scientifically rods are responsible for seeing light and color. Green is not as apparent, yet blue and violet are visible. At night colors like blue shines brighter, not only because it has higher frequency wave lengths.

Cones are sensitive to the red, orange, yellow and green. While seeing the fuller range of color, "Theory and Us of Color" explains, red is the first color to lose color when light is not present.

Color also has an effect on emotions whether or not a person sees color. Frequency impacts mood. As many people heard red is passionate, blue is energetic and violet is calming. It is difficult understanding how or why red or green, colors appearing equal shade of gray, impacts a person differently; yet it does.

Color Theory began as a simple study to identify methods for mixing oil paints in measurements as a compliment to printing. There are several theories. The most popular is based on three colors, the most identifiable bands of color when light passes through a prism: green, blue and red. Solid colors are yellow, blue and red are the primary colors because they do not need blending to gain the hue. With this in mind, computer screens are made of light, so software has to calculate the mixture of paints to paper and fabrics. Monitors are a light source, not the reflection of light from various minerals and plants.

In college the philosophy of seeing color was a topic of interest. It is entertaining thinking physiology changes how each person sees everything. It might impact instincts perhaps a reason supporting nature not nurture. Regardless, the fact is everyone sees the world differently. In any artistic medium an Artist attempts to explain viewpoints in a contentious manner, yet observers determine the message.

As an Artist, I prefer leaving interpretation to the Audience. However, sometimes the Audience sees their own message either whimsical or creepy. Clues about intent might assist. This is usually relayed though influences or education.

Even with these hints you must have a conscious knowledge of the subject with a similar understanding to understand me. It makes life difficult, yet it is not impossible. With so many strings of words or visual emphasis on various inputs, it is possible for several people to interpret information with a degree of agreement without actually finding the intentional purpose of art.

Understanding all of this, there are complications when exposing art to the world. Often people say, even in the introverted arts of Writers, an Artist must be an exhibitionist. It is not implying promiscuity or any particular lifestyle. It is a willingness to communicate and cast inhibitions aside when conversing with the Audience; understanding how great it is everyone perceives life differently. They will and I will remain consistently who I really am despite other people's opinions. In fact, these opinions are a great reflection of themselves and their expression is a perception not a judgment of character.

The world is awkward. As art and science grow in ongoing studies and experimentation of various facts, it is easy to intensely feel isolation. We are alone in our own minds, even when standing in a crowd, yet feel a greater connection to everyone simultaneously. Perhaps even though understanding a stimulus is not exact and chances of everyone seeing colors of the rainbow exactly the same are relatively low, there is a greater degree of similarity.

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