Created by Berlin-based artist and designer James E. Murphy, What Color Is It is a website that translates the current time (based on a 24-hour clock) into a corresponding hex color value. The color of the page changes gradually as each second ticks by.

One Hour Circle Painting
clock, 60 different colours of spray paint

The clock is hung on the gallery wall at head height. 60 different visitors to the gallery are individually given the following instruction: Select one can of spray paint. Spray one complete circle around the perimeter of the clock in an uninterrupted clockwise circular motion following the ticking second hand of the clock as a metronome/guide. Your circle must take 60 seconds to paint, at 15 seconds the circle should be a quarter complete and at 30 seconds the painting should be half way. Start and end at the 12 o’clock position, do not lift your finger off the spray can nozzle until the circle is complete, don’t worry too much if your line overlaps the previous persons line.

Each circle adds to the growing set of concentric rings. The combined set represents a combined painting duration of exactly one hour.

London-based artist Xavier Antin devised this beautifully orchestrated printing process to create his book “Just in Time, or A Short History of Production“. While I don’t think the paper was physically fed through all four printers at once, each printer was responsible for a color plate starting with an 1880 stencil duplicator printing magenta and ending with 1976 inkjet printer for yellow. 

“Tree Drawings” von Tim Knowles. “A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree


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