A Sequence of Gray I
One concept of ambivalence that has interested me is the simultaneous existence of mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about objects. Such a phenomenon is also found in language: the French word for white, blanc, shares its origin with the English word black, meaning to shine or to gleam (Weisbrode, 2012). This project titled A Sequence of Gray uses ambivalence and gray gradient as materials to create visual narratives that show the relationship between black and white in space-time or structure-light. It includes 144 gray gradient swatches (fig.1) and explores linear gray gradients by changing the ratio of white to black and their angles. The structure of this project is based on Villard de Honnecourt's method used for the classic portion of the page (fig.2). The various shapes including triangles are generated by the black guidelines that determine the position and size of the rectangles; they represent textblocks in gray. For this book, six out of 123 compositions from A Sequence of Gray were selected.
Animations, Loop, 2014
Kenneth Weisbrode, On Ambivalence, Cambridge, MIT Press, 2012
Mari Carmen Ramirez, Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color, London & Huston, TATE publishing in association with The Museum of Fine Arts, 2007
Andrew Haslam, Book Design, Abrams Studio, 2006
The Secret Law of Page Harmony