Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923) has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is one of the main figures of kinetic-optic art. He is a contemporary theorist of color whose artistic proposal is based on four chromatic conditions: subtractive, additive, inductive and reflected color. His research has brought art into a new way of understanding the phenomenon of colour, greatly expanding its perceptual universe. Since 2005, the Cruz-Diez Foundation employs all his energy and efforts in promoting different educational activities concerning the thoughts and works of Cruz-Diez.
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.
Featured photo by Linda Nylind.