Dynasty of Light: Foundational Studies And Discourse in Color Theory

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Thomson Learning, Dec 15, 2004 - Music - 450 pages
There is overwhelming evidence that ultimately, color's primary attribute is it's emotional function, or it's power and authority to create specific mood nuances. Of course, the function of this text is to study all of the components of color, and yet it is the dominant and rather manipulative character of color or mood appeal, which repeatedly surfaces and in due course validates and is the sum total of all other traits. Additionally, Dynasty of Light recognizes light as the source of color, and is therefore committed to the physics of color, as well. The physiological, psychological, symbolical, and art historical approaches to color and it's component facts and theory is featured, accompanied by several cultural perspectives. One compelling feature is the added function of the analysis of color pertaining to any given color composition. The text encourages both project solution skills (hands-on), and the written/oral analysis of color. Evidence indicates by teaching color theory from both a project and written analysis emphasis, reveals conclusively that the student who practices both, has the advantage. Twenty-first century color skills and knowledge has created higher demands for color excellence than ever before. The student of color needs every advantage possible in order to compete in today's world. This text provides the tools and insight needed for color superiority.

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Contents

Color Physics
1
Color Anonymity and the Atom
10
The Carbon AtomCrystals and Cathedrals
18
Copyright

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Alan Burner is a graduate of the University of California, with an emphasis in fine arts, as well as, a humanities background in Japanese Language and Literature. In 1981 he earned his MFA degree, and has since been extensively involved in the art world. Alan has worked in various capacities as an artist, lecturer, educator and author. He has contributed his skills as an artist and educator in Johannesburg, South Africa, Paris, France, Yokohama, Japan and in Southern California. His art forms include mediums such as digital paint, acrylic painted constructions, photography, bronze sculpture, ceramics and video performance. Most of his work in these mediums have also been represented in his set designs seen in previous televised presentations on PBS, as well as gallery exhibitions. He currently works as an artist/educator in the Los Angeles area, having taught at various universities and colleges. He currently conducts workshops within the same area and is a senior faculty member at the Art Institute of Carlifornia-Orange County. As an avid traveler and color enthusiast, he has been involved with critical investigations about the nature and character of color, various theories, realities and cultural perspectives. His primary research time is spent in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan, as well as, occasional trips to the Hawaiian Islands. French Gothic architecture, Pacific Island imagery, and early Japanese literature and art, are at the forefront of his varied pallet of interests, and frequently serves as some of his most passionate examples for discussions about the theory of color. His most recent artwork is a compilation of influence from the French, Japanese and Hawaiian cultures, with an emphasis on color Mood contrasts.

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