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Miami Art Museum's CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ: THE EMBODIED EXPERIENCE OF COLOR (part 3 of 3)

Saving my favorite Cruz-Diez installation for last...I found it to be the most powerful.
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation
1965-2008. Three chromo-cubicles. Site specific environment (florescent lights with blue, red and green filters). Miami Art Museum.

The room is divided into three areas, each illuminated by one light source, so that the colors overlap between each space. A blue lit area next to red creates a purple glow, for instance. Because the green area is adjacent to red and the two colors mingle, a neutral grey or brown would result if this were paint, or pigmented color- but it's not paint and it doesn't blend, or at least doesn't appear to. Instead it's light, and combining complementary light color doesn't result in a neutral hue.
All these photos were taken without the flash.
Participants had to wear special shoe covers to protect the floor space.

I found the green area (at the back) to be the most unnerving, which is interesting. Isn't green supposed to be relaxing and balancing? My favorite section was the blue, at the entrance. In Chromosaturation, the viewer is literally surrounded by colored light. The psychological and physical impacts of color are still being researched but it's clear that we are greatly affected by it. I also found it fascinating that the light appeared to change dramatically as one moved about the room.
Suspended cubicle (above) and overhead lighting (pictured below)...
I have a few more photos I wanted to include but Photobucket is being uncooperative.

You can read about the rest of this fascinating exhibit here and here.

Off topic- I am now living in Charleston, South Carolina. We made it. It's been a long process, moving from the British Virgin Islands- which we called home for twelve years- to the US. It was a lot more involved and harder this time than moving to the islands back in '98. I didn't expect it to be. Perhaps I've simply forgotten what an undertaking it was, relocating to a small overseas Territory.

I'm still unpacking studio items and paintings (some damaged, unfortunately, but none beyond repair). It will take some time before the studio is ready for encaustics but it will be set up in due time. I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. There's a lot left to do but I'm happy to be here!

3 comments:

Michele Fraichard said...

Looks totally unnerving, dizzying, and wonderful to be bathed in chroma! What were the cubes like?

stephanie clayton said...

Michele-
The cubes (or "cubicles" as the museum's brochure calls them) were simply white boxes suspended from the ceiling. Of course the cubes' sides appeared whatever color of light they were closest to.

The Photodiarist said...

These are breathtaking Stephanie!!