Frequently Asked Questions:
What am I seeing?
The problem of complimentary color is different on a computer screen
where the primary colors are red, green and blue as opposed to painting and printing where the primaries are red, yellow and blue.
Theories of color mixing and transparency also vary because of this difference. It means the color wheel is different and so movement
around it can be surprising.
You are seeing a piece of software of my own invention evolving
on a flat panel.
What is a flat panel?
A flat panel is a computer screen. This one is
an active matrix LCD.
It looks better than passive matrix or dual scan screens.
The pixels are sharper and brighter.
And what exactly is on the wall?
The electronics are the recycled remains of a laptop computer
consisting of a screen (mentioned above), processor, memory,
and a disk to store the program. The display housing is fabricated
from acrylic. One cable extends from the piece to an
Can I use it in Europe? The electrical outlets are different.
Yes. The AC adapter is 'universal'.
How do I turn it on and off?
One easily located button.
What about downloads, viruses and other headaches?
This unit is self-contained and dedicated to showing only one
piece of software. It is already customized and ready to run.
Just turning it on launches the program. You don't really have to
work with it as a computer.
What is the work primarily about: the display or the software?
The ideas expressed through the writing of the software.
And what does the software you wrote do?
The software controls the screen, draws the composition, picks
the colors, moves the colors...everything you see and all the changes. I call this piece of software 'Color Panel v1.0'.
What does v1.0 mean?
The small 'v' stands for version. 'v1.0' means the software
is the first version I have finished of this type of color study.
I am writing about certain classic Bauhaus color theory problems.
The fact that the software evolves over time allows me to see a variety of solutions - to continually explore a solution space and
work with color problems involving motion and time.
What is from Bauhaus theory?
Primarily the positioning of the panels to study color contrast.
Both Johannes Itten and Josef Albers wrote and worked with color contrast. The issue is considering color in relation to its compliment
while also accounting for how color is juxtaposed and the area it occupies.
A time based color study?
My writing considers the evolution of the colors in each section
of the screen but does not script each color. It allows for the introduction of new colors from probable sets but does not specify
the color exactly. Each section is independent so the overall palette can vary quite dramatically.
What will change?
The overall compositional structure remains rigid, all the
changes happen inside well defined sections of the screen.
Does it have a beginning and end? Does it repeat?
A variable beginning, no end and never repeats. When
the program is restarted, certain colors are the same but other colors
are chosen differently at that time. All colors progress from a different
starting point so the sequence varies and cannot be predicted. Because
the color model is circular, it may be navigated without end. The
presence of the accumulator in the middle guarantees no repeats.
The presence of what?
The accumulator. I have constructed this software device
to accumulate the amount of time the piece has run since publication. It looks like a set of nested rectangles. As the marker in each
inner rectangle competes a circuit, it advances the marker in the rectangle immediately outside of it. Every level out takes an exponentially
longer time to complete. I have timed this accumulator to take about 70 years of running time to complete.
That long? Will the computer still work?
Probably not. My software systems are usually designed to outlast
Okay, so what happens when the hardware dies? Is that the end of
No. The software is the artwork. Color Panel v1.0
is considered a complete work if the software runs correctly, regardless
of the make or model of the replacement hardware. Every owner receives
a Macintosh formatted disk containing the compiled code to help if (when) the hard drive fails and needs replacement. The source
code is held by the artist.
Is the artwork about writing the software or watching it run?
Return to Color Panel v1.0
What am I seeing?
The problem of complimentary color is different on a computer screen where the primary colors are red, green and blue as opposed to painting and printing where the primaries are red, yellow and blue. Theories of color mixing and transparency also vary because of this difference. It means the color wheel is different and so movement around it can be surprising.