Here’s a roundup of the most colorful art, products, websites and such that I’ve come across in the last week.
'Towards a New Theory of Color Reading' by Stephanie Syjuco
For her most recent exhibition at the contemporary arts museum in Houston, Texas Syjuco created 'towards a new theory of color reading', a set of newspapers that have blocks of color instead of news.
yellow = text, black = newspaper info, cyan = photos, red / magenta = advertisements. the original source material for comes from editions of Filipino-American newspapers and other local ethnic journals. you can see the installation from now until february 22, 2009.
New Year's Eve Ball
Just in case you were a bit too...ahem...busy, during the ball dropping ceremony here is a second chance to get a look at this year's colorful crystal ball "capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square."
Too Late Watches
Taking cues from such trends as live strong bands and the rest... Too Late watches offers a wide range of great colors.
'Why The Sky is Blue"
For those of you looking for something new to read, this comes recommended by our good friend over at shape + colour.
"Already a bestseller in Germany, this book examines the enigma of the blue sky, a phenomenon pursued from Aristotle to medieval Arab philosophers to Renaissance thinkers and present-day planetologists. Hoeppe's range is encyclopedic, covering Greek cosmology, Da Vinci's groundbreaking exploration of color, Newton's discovery of the visible light spectrum and the consequent optics revolution, Huygens subsequent suggestion that light is transmitted as waves, and even poet Goethe's experimental attempts to explain the nature of the color blue. The history that Hoeppe recounts is so rich in ideas and personalities (such as the mountaineering scientist, Tyndall, who discovered the greenhouse effect, and the future Lord Rayleigh, who courted his would-be wife with a book on the physics of sound) that it's easy to become almost as engrossed as the passionate subjects themselves. Hoeppe puts life back into great scientists-all too often reduced, in present usage, to mere adjectives (Brownian motion, Maxwell's laws, etc.)-explaining clearly how their discoveries hang together, how their personal lives and social situations influenced their science, and how the simplest question-why is the sky blue?-has stimulated more than 2,000 years of human exploration."