12 February 2014
A collaborative research project into colour and design, which involved eight universities from around the world, will have its first showing as an exhibition at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery tomorrow night (Thursday 13 February) at 6.30pm.
Project manager and USC Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Kevin Todd said the exhibition, Chroma256, aimed to create awareness of the complexity of people’s relationships with and use of colour in an international context.
Mr Todd said the Chroma256 project provided an opportunity to assess whether the conformity required by digital technology had limited people in their use of colour.
“It was a simple idea that had a complex outcome, featuring elements of culture, research and personal expression,” he said.
“The project involves design students from Australia, China, Turkey, Ecuador, South Africa, India, Germany and the United States undertaking the same colour project with the outcome being exhibited in each country.”
University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the Chroma256 project had three components.
“The first involves groups of students, children and elderly participants documenting a daily journey in colour,” she said. “The second explores abstract ideas as keywords, such as ‘love’, ‘home’ and ‘nature’, expanded into colour grids.
“The third component is a book that further explores and compares the research and includes design work from the students involved.”
The exhibition will be opened by USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality) Professor Robert Elliot and will continue until Saturday 22 March.
The USC Gallery is at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.
— Terry Walsh