Examining Color Interaction

Today we are going to do a few hand-on exercises that explore design elements and principles. First we will explore the Josef Albers Homage to the Square series, wherein he experimented with basic form and color relativity. Color relativity is the concept that the same color will appear different depending on the colors it is juxtaposed with, and it permeates many aspects of 2D design. This phenomenon is also called, more generally, color interaction.
 
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Albers explored color relativity and color interaction in many ways during his impressive career, but chief among these explorations was the Homage to the Square series, begun in 1949. He painted hundreds of these homages over a period of years, each composition featuring three or four nested square forms of solid colors.  His gameplan? To understand how colors appear differently when they overlap, and to see what kinds of emotions, movement, and meanings the juxtapositions could create.
Today we will begin exploring color interaction and relativity by using colors found in our favorite films or television episodes, and then using these found colors to build our own homages. These will be useful for finding which colors we could use in our final projects, but also how these colors interact with each other and how they should be juxtaposed.  I found some interesting colors in stills from the Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite chapter of 2001: A Space Odyssey:
 
 
Below are the interaction studies I created from the colors found in the above images:
 
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