Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez, born August 17, 1923 in Caracas, is a Venezuelan artist considered to be one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is believed to be one of the fathers and greatest figures of kinetic and op art, and has been called a ‘master of color’ and line, adept at creating fluid, participatory visual experiences. His work invites philosophical conversation on ontology and perception. -http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/carlos-cruz-diez-964

His body of work has established him as one of the key 20th-century thinkers in the realm of colour. Cruz-Diez’s research has contributed to a new way of understanding colour phenomena in art, greatly expanding its perceptual universe. In his works, Cruz-Diez shows that through interaction with the viewer, colour becomes an autonomous, evolving reality, devoid of anecdotes, which develops in real time and space.

Chromosaturation (Paris 1965)

These works relate to the idea that in the origin of every culture lies a primary event as a starting point. A simple situation that generates a whole system of thoughts, sensitivity, myths, etc. 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. -http://www.cruz-diez.com/work/chromosaturation/

The installation works in a very personal way, altering the colour of your skin, clothing and anything you so happen to be carrying on your person. It culminates to create an experience that adapts depending on what chamber you emerse yourself within, drawing attention to the individual experience of processing colour through a disruption in the way that light is received and understood.

The idea of colour perception being perceived in such an intense and mind altering way is what has drawn me to look closer into Carlos’ work. His used colour pallets of such a vibrant and fluorescent range of hot and cold tones really creates a surreal like effect, something that isn’t impacting on the human mind. In the above images of the insulation of  Chromosaturation Carlos blends opposite colours on the colour wheel together, creating a strong sense of colour. The two battle against blending seamlessly in the middle. (Something our colour experiment in the first week with the colour wheel relates to heavily). To take forward from looking at Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work I’m definitely interesting in the colour scheme regarding my own project and I intend to follow these similar traits.

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