06 December 2012

Chromosaturations by Carlos Cruz-Diez

"Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela, 1923) is a painter and installation artist known for his chromatic structures that present color as an experience of encountering light. One of his early series of Fisicromías, begun in 1959, were strips of cardboard, aluminum, and Plexiglas that were arranged on different levels, so as to give the impression of vibrating color. His series of Chromosaturations (1969) were 22 cabins made of red, blue, and green Plexiglas that were installed at the entrance of the Place de l’Odéon in Paris. Cruz-Diez emphasizes the viewer’s physical interaction with the work, instead of passive appreciation that requires knowledge of cultural context. He has also worked with silk-screen prints, video, architectural models, and traditional paintings." - artnet

"The Chromosaturation is an artificial environment composed of three color chambers, one red, one green and one blue that immerse the visitor in a completely monochrome situation. This experience creates disturbances in the retina, accustomed to receive wide range of colors simultaneously. The Chromosaturation can act as a trigger, activating in the viewer the notion of color as a material or physical situation, going into space without the aid of any form or even without any support, regardless of cultural beliefs." - MUAC. See more;

It is possible to see the Chromosaturations installation at Le Musée en Herbe in Paris until next December 16, and at The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC through next February 24, 2013, which exhibits the fourth step of the American tour of the most important retrospective of Carlos Cruz-Diez, exhibiting a selection of more than 120 artworks created from the late 1940s till today. 

Carlos Cruz-Diez - El color en el espacio y en el tiempo
27 October 2012 - 24 February 2013