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The Meaning of Colors: ORANGE

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

As I continue my research, we journey on to the next color of the rainbow: orange.

A blend of red and yellow, orange is believed to harness the power of both making it energizing yet cheerful. It is sometimes deemed abrasive but is considered less aggressive than red.

Orange energizes the mind, similar to affect of citrus and is associated with vitality, warmth, good health and harvests.

Orange has high visibility making it a prime cautionary color.

Orange is intrinsically tied to it’s namesake fruit (and is the only spectrum color named for an object) but its varying shades are largely also named for foods i.e. persimmon, pumpkin, melon, mango, peach and salmon.

Nothing rhymes with orange.

“Orange is like a man, convinced of his own powers. […] [It] is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” — Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1914)


Seeing is not Perceiving

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

“[T]hey may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” — Parable of the Sower, Mark 4:12 (NIV)

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting an artist’s studio in preparation for ICI’s upcoming spring exhibition. Without giving too much away, upon seeing the works, and speaking with the artist, I have been left to philosophize on the line between truth and perception or rather between sight and reality; a curiosity that has been further intensified by a recent visit to PHENOMINAL at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

In conjunction with the theme, “phantom worlds,” this quandary is especially intriguing. Is what we see around us genuine? Do we perceive the true form of our surroundings? Is there a secondary reality that we are being denied access to as a result of limited knowledge or access? How much do we really know about our world or anything else for that matter?

In the words of The X-Files, “the truth is out there”, but whether or not we’ll know it when we see it is yet to be seen.

Opening my eyes and mind to new ideas of perception