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A Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Mural Will Change the Way You See Color

Carlos Cruz-Diez’s new show at the SCAD Museum of Art features sidewalk paintings and hollowed out shipping containers.

by Nathaniel Ainley
Apr 11 2017, 7:03pm

Collaborative performance taking part as part of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s exhibition. Images courtesy of SCAD

Is color a constantly evolving and indeterminable phenomena? Renowned visual artist and color theory scholar Carlos Cruz-Diez has a new exhibition of works up at the SCAD Museum of Art that considers color's transformative possibilities. Chroma features a number of selections from Cruz-Diez's vast body of work, as well as public, site-specific installations that serve as a testament to the artist's personal mastery of color and line. His works require a certain level of participation and engagement from the viewer, an aesthetic choice that reflects his understanding of color as a visual experience "dependent on individual perception, space, and context."

Installation view of Carlos Cruz-Diez exhibition: 'Chroma' at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Part of SCAD's deFINE ART 2017.

Within these chromatic environments, the museum writes, "objects become mere vehicles for delivering a profound viewer experience." One particular piece called, Chromosaturation, located in the museum's courtyard, features a series of connecting color chambers that are housed within a large shipping container. Cruz-Diez also produced a series of crosswalk paintings within the area surrounding the museum, effectively moving the conversation from the confines of the museum into the public sphere. The artist hopes these works encourage people to consider the relationship they have with their urban environment.

Installation view of Carlos Cruz-Diez exhibition: 'Chroma' at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Part of SCAD's deFINE ART 2017.

Cruz-Diez was the honoree for SCAD's annual deFINE ART program of lectures, exhibitions, and public events. SCAD ties these exhibitions directly to its degree program, with classroom study taking place in the museum daily. As part of the foundational studies program, students take color theory classes which have only been enhanced through the study of Cruz-Diez's immersive exhibitions. Student's from the museum's painting department were also able to work with the artist on putting together his sidewalk interventions. Other classes at the museum related to the exhibition include "Lighting for the Interior" and "Exhibition Design as Practice."

Learn more about the deFINE ART program, here, and be sure to check out more work by Carlos Cruz-Diez on his website.

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