17 May 2017
Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour
Reviewed by Andy Gambrell
In celebration of Le French May annual arts festival, Adriana Alvarez-Nichol organized "Mastering Colour," an exhibition of recent works by Carlos Cruz-Diez at Puerta Roja. The pieces on display present sensual optical effects through the artist's deft manipulation of parallel vertical bands in print, transparency, relief, and projection. Cruz-Diez's interactive compositions of shimmering and ever-changing color are inviting, and manifest a spirit of expertise without pretense.
The 93-year-old master's practice is at once surprisingly contemporary and refreshingly analog. The necessity of viewing the work directly from observation is a welcome respite from the Instagrammable. Cruz-Diez's colors primarily exist in the eye and mind, as his compositions depend upon a gamut of optical strategies including simultaneous contrast, successive contrast, and mixtures that rearrange by parallax. "Mastering Colour" presents the ease and power of form born of visual function.
|Exhibition||Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour link|
|Start date||20 Mar 2017|
|End date||25 May 2017|
|Presenter||Puerta Roja link|
|Venue||1/F Soho 189 Art Lane, 189 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, HKG map|
|Image||Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie 1889, chromography on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm, 2014, courtesy of Puerta Roja|
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