Chroma256 project in full colour at USC

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Chroma256 project in full colour at USC

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Published on 30 January 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 on Thursday 13 February.

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.

“Digital technology could be creating a cultural space that requires a particular kind of conformity and limiting us in terms of the use of colour,” he said.

“Chroma256 is a project developed to explore relationships to colour in an international context, a simple idea with a complex outcome – part culture, research and personal expression.

“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.”

Chroma256 will be officially opened by USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality) Professor Robert Elliot at 6.30pm on Thursday 13 February and will continue until Saturday 22 March.

University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the exhibition would be shown at each of the eight universities involved in the project this year, starting at USC.

“The exhibition has three components of which 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 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

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