BECon 2013: Beverly Fishman L089

Given that prevalent theories conceive of color as an abstract ideal that exists in swatches, the relationship between colors and materials can seem simple. But for artists, color is rarely so straightforward. It ultimately exists in the physical world and must manifest through particular materials. A gap inevitably exists, then, between color theory and its artistic applications.

Bridging this gap poses a challenge to artists. But Michigan-based artist Beverly Fishman moves deftly between materials. In her keynote address, she draws upon experience working with a wide range of materials. From this experience, she offers insights about how to translate color theory to vivid, varied art.

*Beverly Fishman presented this lecture in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday June 20, 2013. It featured in BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE. Keynote: Material Color – Beverly Fishman

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