So for a while I’ve been interested in using some projections with my paintings, and particularly how colored light will affect colored pigments. The way this works is fairly simple, there are two ways we perceive color and that is additive and subtractive color. The process of deducing what color we see (since our eyes see colors in a specific way) is however a bit counterintuitive since generally most don’t differentiate between colored light and pigment. With light, the presence of all three primaries (which also change with pigments) Green, Blue, and Red will produce white light.
However for my paintings I will be using pigments as well, and then the colored light will effect how our eyes perceive the pigments. I found this color chart online which was used for deducing how colored costumes in theater productions would respond to colored lights. I was surprised that there wasn’t anything more modern, but I suppose those working in Theater learn pretty quick what works, and how to accentuate certain colors. On top of that, the number of gels which can be utilized are extremely varied so each color combination is well thought out in advance.
I’ve chosen to use .gifs as my small animation which will be projected onto the paintings. I like using .gifs since they are small and I can map multiple animations onto numerous paintings without having to worry about having multiple videos open (although I have recently also started playing around with Resolume for this purpose to use once I have a better grasp of how my paintings will react to light). Anyway, currently I just have 1 projector, and gifs are my intro to experimenting with how these colors will start talking to each other. My first goal will be to make a painting completely black, and then flash to a fluorescent version of the original. From these projections I will also be creating .gifs which can be reuploaded online. So the painting, my work in photoshop, utilizing the light/projector, and the finished product both in real life and online will all have a relationship.