carlos cruz diez: circumstance and ambiguity of color at CAFA art museum
carlos cruz diez: circumstance and ambiguity of color at CAFA art museum carlos cruz diez: circumstance and ambiguity of color at CAFA art museum
mar 31, 2013
carlos cruz diez: circumstance and ambiguity of color at CAFA art museum


‘chromosaturation’ by carlos cruz-diez at the CAFA art museum
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french-venezuelan artist carlos cruz-diez explores the use of color as a material of physical situation.
his exhibition at the CAFA art museum in beijing (on now until april 10th, 2013) presents a survey of his 60-year career,
including his early kinetic and op art pieces of the 50s and 60s, color always being the target of his creative expression.
this solo show brings viewers into a space where they can re-experience, re-discover and understand color as something
which exists completely independently of any kind of support, and without the help of any form.

 

 

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‘chromosaturation’ is an ongoing work of artificial environments which consist of three chambers: one red, one blue and one green,
each one immersing the viewer into a completely monochromatic situation. the experience triggers disturbances to the retina,
which is accustomed to being exposed to a broad range of colors simultaneously. they can act as detonators that trigger the individual’s
idea of color while generating a physical, material situation. it takes place in space without any help from form, devoid of support,
unencumbered by cultural conventions.

 


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‘induction chromatique’
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chromatic inductions are closely related to the phenomenon of post-image, which is also known as the retinal persistence,
or simultaneous contrast effect. this means that if the viewer stares at a red plane briefly and then looks away,
the retina preserves the image for a few seconds, but the image appears green, which is the induced color,
or the complementary color. these phenomena occur separately, one after the other;
‘chromatic inductions’ however reproduce them simultaneously. they therefore manage to stabilize and render visible
a phenomenon that can only be captured fleetingly and under very special circumstances. the color that appears is both there and not there;
but is just as real as the pigments that have been used.

 

 

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if the viewer stares at a red plane briefly and looks away, the retina retains that image for a moment
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