Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II
Ellsworth Kelly, 1951
What is the goal of creating a color chart? The first challenge with any piece of artwork is to stimulate enough dynamicism to keep the viewer engaged whether visually or conceptually. Color charts and color grids generally provide nonobjective images for the viewer to interpret any sense of emotions or concepts related to the experience of viewing such image, or objective images that have been magnified to a level of abstraction. But, in the case of Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance or Gerhard Richter’s 256 Farben with such infinite combinations, no one is able to discern any one final interpretation, except perhaps anonymity or the phenomenon of permutations.
Secondary in color charts is shape: the outer format of the whole image, and the inner format of each individual area of color. Uniformity or contrast, parallel or perpendicular proportions between edge of image and edge of shape, rectilinear grids or jagged formats, et cetera. What do we interpret from the design choices of the artist in arranging hues?
I think that color charts provide the artist a suitable turf to become alchemist with geometry under the guise of hue positioning.