Color est e pluribus unus
March 27, 2012 7:03 AM   Subscribe

RGB is an exhibition by artist Carnovsky which layers primary colored images on top on one another with unexpected, disorienting, and often fascinating results.

"RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers."

Wallpapers available here. [PDF]
posted by quin (13 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting...He's applying CMY colors, then filtering the images using RGB lights.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:09 AM on March 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, it sounded a bit gimmicky when I read the description, but those installations are among the most beautiful things I've seen in quite awhile.
posted by xingcat at 7:26 AM on March 27, 2012


FYI, the first few are taken from Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica, which is pretty much one of my favorite things ever.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:33 AM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really love this. It IS gimmicky, but I've recently come to realize that a deft gimmick is indistinguishable from...whatever you suppose the opposite of a gimmick is. Authenticity?
posted by StopMakingSense at 7:41 AM on March 27, 2012


I'm guessing it's what Thorzdad is referring to, but either this guy's inks are off, or his lights are.

The red gels are (mostly) spot on, so you can only see the red image.

The green and the blue ones, however, are off by a small but significant margin, so you can see a bit of the blue image in the green one and a bit of the green image in the blue one.

Interesting theory - especially with what looks like flick book animation of a guy decapitating the horse he's riding... ;)
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:52 AM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's neat, and makes me think of old-school 3-d glasses, but now, wow does my head hurt.
posted by k5.user at 7:58 AM on March 27, 2012


This is great. Thanks.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:13 AM on March 27, 2012


sodium lights the horizon (eponysterically) said:
I'm guessing it's what Thorzdad is referring to, but either this guy's inks are off, or his lights are.

The red gels are (mostly) spot on, so you can only see the red image.

The green and the blue ones, however, are off by a small but significant margin, so you can see a bit of the blue image in the green one and a bit of the green image in the blue one.

Unless you're using lasers, or incredibly expensive filters, there's going to be incomplete filtering of unwanted colors.

Red is helped by the fact that it's a one-sided filter: low-pass filters will (mostly) pass only red, and infrared (but you won't see the infrared).
posted by IAmBroom at 9:44 AM on March 27, 2012


Thorzdad: "Interesting...He's applying CMY colors, then filtering the images using RGB lights."

There's something even more interesting going on. He's using CMY colors on the white background, and they are as you would expect: subtractive. The blue + yellow = green.

On the black backgrounds, he is using RGB, and they are additive(!) (simulated, as they are printed). Red + green = yellow.
posted by danny the boy at 9:56 AM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


er, that first line should obviously be: blue cyan + yellow = green. no coffee yet.
posted by danny the boy at 10:11 AM on March 27, 2012


These are stunning, but I think I'd have a seizure if I were actually in one of those full-room paintings. Just so visually overwhelming!
posted by sunnichka at 8:28 PM on March 27, 2012


these are amazing
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:49 PM on March 27, 2012


I am so happy about this.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 6:23 AM on March 28, 2012


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