Carlos Cruz-Diez previously has been represented in a 2011 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, titled “Color in Space and Time.” It’s Cruz-Diez’s Abbey Road-like colorful road crossing paintings that grace the asphalt on Main and Binz in front of that museum although faded by time to this day.
The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern hosts Cruz-Diez’s latest trippy installation, “Spatial Chromointerference,” currently until early next year.
The BBPC, for those unfamiliar with the location, offers a subterranean chamber filled with classic tall columns that nestle in ankle deep water. The viewer strolls around the periphery in fenced-in sidewalks, which takes a long time to walk the walk in four directions.
For “Spatial Chromointerference,” attendees are offered lab coats to wear during the experience as the white material better helps reflect the light show that surrounds.
Cruz-Diez has mounted multiple projectors at every juncture with shifting color patterns that play havoc both upon the sidewalks above and the columns below. The result makes the whole structure come alive like a psychedelic structure that is breathing.
Cruz-Diez knows how to play with space. The MFAH show had immersion rooms, but the cistern provides no less than an immersion theater.
The cistern space would be ideal for private events. Plus the whole surrounding area caters to skaters, joggers, walkers and those with dogs seeking a new patch of ground to sniff.
“Spatial Chromointerference,” will be on display at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern until January 13, 2019.