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Here’s a Great Escape – Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space

March 12, 2012

Dreamy, otherworldly and transcendent, “Suprasensorial” at the Hirshhorn through May 13 is a satisfying optical and intellectual meal.  The intoxicating centerpiece is Carlos Cruz-Diez’s aptly titled Chromosaturation, three contiguous white spaces, each illuminated by a set of fluorescent lights of a single color: green, magenta and blue (at least, thats’s the literal description).  The illumination is really a saturation that alternately creates sharp distinctions and blurs borders.  It will you giddy, buoyant and delighted.

Here’s how the museum describes the exhibition:

The Hirshhorn presents Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space, the first exhibition to reevaluate the evolution of the international Light and Space movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists: Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. Caracas, Venezuela, 1923), Lucio Fontana (b. Rosario, Argentina, 1899; d. Varese, Italy, 1968), Julio Le Parc (b. Mendoza, Argentina, 1928), Hélio Oiticica (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1937; d. Rio de Janeiro, 1980), and Jesús Rafael Soto (b. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela,  1923; d. Paris, France, 2005).

The Light and Space movement is often considered as emerging in the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s. Almost a decade earlier, Latin American artists were creating environments of light and color that challenged traditional standards of art as a static experience.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic. (Here are some figures for scale).

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

From the exhibition Suprasensorial: Carlos Ruiz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010, Drywall, paint, fluorescent lights and colored plastic.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. the viewer permalink
    April 2, 2012 8:45 AM

    this was a wonderful exhibition, and you are right to focus on ‘Chromosaturation’, though the entire show was mind and body bending, truly ‘Suprasensorial’.
    i would like to link to this post…to whom are the photos credited?
    thanks!

  2. the viewer permalink
    April 2, 2012 8:47 AM

    what a wonderful exhibition, and you were right to focus on ‘Chromosaturation’, though the entire show was truly mind and sense-bending, truly ‘Suprasensorial’.
    i would like to link to this post, to whom go the photo credits?
    thanks,
    the viewer

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