Let's Snap Together – Exercise 11: Color Clash

If analogous color suggests harmony and calm then color clash creates its opposite. We’ve all heard the saying, “Those colors don’t go together” or “Those colors clash.” Convention would suggest that we avoid pairing glaring colors together when creating our compositions.

In reality, there is no such thing as two colors that don’t go together. It’s just that colors have different interactions.


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At a lecture I attended at the Getty Museum a few years ago, a curator talked about the dialogue between paintings in an exhibition. I had never considered the effect of two distinct artworks of art hanging in the same space as a dialogue or conversation before. His terminology resonated with me. It provided a new language that allowed me to articulate the experience of moving through an exhibition space.

The interaction between two colors can also be considered a dialogue. The conversation can be loud or it can be soft. Neither is wrong. Can you consider aspects of your life that seem to clash in the same way? What if you could reframe the dynamic as simply being different energies. Nothing wrong or right, mere diverging vibrations.

Today, use vibrant colors that are on the opposite ends of the color wheel to create a composition with color clash. Let us see what you have created by posting it with the hashtag #snapwithme2020

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