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Colour vision deficiency & art, Leung Mee-ping@Osage Gallery & in the studio: chamber sextet Classix


Colour vision deficiency & art, Leung Mee-ping@Osage Gallery & in the studio: chamber sextet Classix

Our eyes contain two kinds of photoreceptors: rods, which detect dim light and are used for night vision, and cones, which detect colour. If it's bright enough, the three types of cones enable us to perceive blue, green, and red, which - combined - make up thousands of colours. In some people though, this perception of colour is distorted, usually for genetic reasons. Red-green and blue-yellow colour blindness are usually passed down from parents. Roughly one in twelve men and one in two hundred women are said to be colour blind, a condition that affects more than 363 million people worldwide. But what happens when those affected are visual artists or designers, for whom colour perception may be a vital part of their craft?

In Franz Kafka’s novella “Metamorphosis”, the protagonist Gregor Samsa wakes up in his bed one morning to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect. Inspired by this absurdity and the occasional surrealism of daily life, Leung Mee-ping’s exhibition “Souvenirs de Choses” meaning "memories of things", at Osage Gallery uses seemingly trivial “things” such as insects and dust to ponder the weight of time.

Classix is a newly formed sextet the core members of which are five wind musicians and a pianist. Their repertoire ranges from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th century classical music to rearrangements of pop songs. They are here right now to tell us about what they have in store for the local audience in their upcoming concert "Wind Madness".

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