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Art and science collide in color at the Science Museum Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Fascinated by color as a girl, Alyson Atchison attached personalities to her sideburns.

“Yellow was my best friend and she was beautiful,” she recalled. “Blue was her boyfriend.”

As director of the OK Science Museum‘s Smart Space, she curated an entire exhibition exploring color at the intersection of art and science.

“In Prismatic, we explore color as best we can in an exhibition,” she continues.

The moving color wheel is a favorite here and placed in a bright spot in the gallery for a reason.

Prismatic at the OK Science Museum’s Smart Space. Photo by KFOR.

How the eye sees all of this is open to interpretation.

Color, Atchison insists, “is so powerful that it can influence our emotions.”

Also on display here are colorful DNA strands made from stained glass, or an artist’s view of what the landscape of an alien planet might look like in color.

The artist, “used elements found in the atmospheres of these planets,” she says.

Artist Laurie Frick hosted a survey and asked respondents to answer questions about what stresses them out.

The graphic results became a series of works she calls “Felt Personality”.

“You can read the data and also watch its artistic interpretation,” Atchiston shows.

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The moving color wheel in the Prismatic exhibition. Photo by KFOR.

Blending and bending, color intertwines with our senses and our daily lives in ways too numerous to mention.

What we see and how we see it remain the subject of endless studies that lead to always interesting discoveries.

Citing a recent study on color and taste, Alyson tells us, “Hot chocolate always tastes better in an orange cup.

Alyson Atchison’s Best Friends are now in every color of the rainbow, and are on display here in a room of her own design, ready for visitors to play and learn.

For more information on the Smart Space Gallery at the Science Museum of Oklahoma, visit the OK Science Museum website.

For more information on a special reception with some of the featured artists, head to the Visit OKC website.