Ivy Stevens-Gupta gave a presentation on color theory in the Alfred State auditorium on February 9, 2017. This presentation informed the audience on colors and how they are used to communicate different things. This wasn’t only a presentation, it was also an exhibit, as she showcased some of her beautiful pieces at Alfred State’s Hinkle Memorial Library.
She opened the presentation discussing the reasons as to why color is important. Amongst these reasons is that color can have an affect on a person’s mood. For example, if one was to be placed in a room that’s painted blue, that could most likely give them a sad/depressed feeling. After discussing these reasons, she dove more in depth about color, such as the color properties, warm and cool. Stevens-Gupta then presented the color wheel, discussing analogous colors.
This wasn’t a regular, boring, informative presentation. Stevens-Gupta was very interactive with her audience throughout, giving us a wide range of image tests. One of these tests included a green bird and a white space below it. The rules were simple, to stare at the green bird and then look at the white space. When you look at the white space, the bird is now pink rather than green. This kind of interaction kept everyone fascinated and engaged.
The interaction aspect of the presentation only got more interesting when we were allowed to experience it from our own phones when Stevens-Gupta challenged us to take the color vision test. This test was more intriguing since we had just learned more about colors, so it was a fun way of closing her presentation. Her work, which we viewed afterwards, was just as interesting as the lecture. Being an advocate for the extensive use of color, a lot of her work plays around with colors that mesh well with one another.