Chromosaturation – Carlos Cruz-Diez

Currently showing at London’s Hayward Gallery’s Light Show, Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation is an investigation in color theory. He uses light to stimulate the retinas and by careful juxtapositions, plays with the behavior and perception of color.


Carlos Cruz-Diez’s artistic proposal is based on eight research projects that reveal the myriad ways in which color behaves: Couleur Additive [Additive Color], Physichromie, Induction Chromatique [Chromatic Induction], Chromointerférence, Transchromie, Chromosaturation, Chromoscope, and Couleur dans l’espace [Color in Space].

Cruz-Diez began this study in 1965. 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.  In this way, he uses color to create spatial realms.