+ − (“Additive, Subtractive”)

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+ − (“Additive, Subtractive”) – Ashley Fan

My project represents the two color systems of RGB (red, green, blue) and CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, key/black). I thought a simple and clean modern design would be the best for letting the vivid color spectrum stand out and speak for itself. Every aspect of the piece is divided into two opposite halves: the string lights make up the additive RGB model, while the paint illustrates the subtractive CMYK model. The white/black inverse background and + − signs represent how the combination of all colors in light create white while the absence leaves black, and conversely, how the combination of all colors in pigment create black while the absence leaves white. As a physics topic regarding color, a fundamental and versatile element in all art, RGB versus CMYK color theory draws a close connection between physics and the arts.