Red corresponds to passion, Green refers to Nature, and Yellow to Joy- these are examples of some of the most primitive human reactions to hues. Color impacts moods, behaviors, and emotions in humans. Be it the unparalleled charm of a woman in red or the enigma of Jeon Jungkook in black, color paints perceptions and influences our daily lives.
Tapping into the relationships with colors, artists and patrons conceive a dialogue between humans and art. These pieces of prismatic hues are competent in conceiving kitschy sculptural masterpieces and drawing flocks of people with their vibrancy. Below is a list of hyper-saturated colorful art installations and the effects of their visual imagery on the masses.
1. Yayoi Kusama
The breakthrough moment of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was her production of Infinity Mirror Room in the 1960s. Her multimedia explorations of drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and performance art have enabled her to render surreal interactive large-scale colorful art installations.
Some of her iconic installations are the Phalli’s Field, Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, and Love is Calling that features effortless sculptures masked in replicating patterns of polka-dots. The most renowned “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” and “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” employ compositions of heavenly lights that seem endless.
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A recurring theme of Kusama’s childhood was her penchant for dots, flowers, and nets. Commissioned for the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Triennial – ‘Flower Obsession’ was a communal spirited project that channelized Diana Vreeland’s Garden in hell and cloaked the room in red blossoming petals.
2. Soo Sunny Park
“Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park transforms Rice Galleries’ space into a scintillating world of light, shadow, and eminent color play. This dynamic Seoul-born artist utilized natural as well as studio light to design and construct this artwork, rendering every visitor’s experience unique on the basis of their visiting time. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, these hand-sculpted colorful art installations are both rigid and pervious, supporting Soo’s experiment with the qualities of light and how light affects our perceptions of architectural space.
3. Carlos Cruz-Diez
This Op art movement member and artist – Carlos Cruz-Diez of Venezeula- has an exemplified portfolio of his investigations with kinetic and optical forms of art. “The Chromosaturations” by Diez link to the concept that in the foundation of every culture prevails a principal event, acting as a starting point. The Chromosaturation constitutes an artificial environment that is composed of three color chambers red, green, and blue, submerging the visitor in a wholly monochrome circumstance that creates disturbances in the retina and can act as a trigger, stimulating the notion of color as a material or physical situation to the viewer.
4. Liz West
To provoke viewers’ sensory, emotional, psychological, and spiritual experience, British artist Liz West saturated the interior of the former St John’s Church with hundreds of mirrors, reconstructing the memorable place into an exhibition hosting a dazzling exchange of light and color called “Our Colour Reflection.” Similar to West’s acclaimed colorful art installations ‘An Additive Mix’ and ‘Your Color Perception,’ these reflective colors provoke unique experiences from visitors, each experiencing a distinctive design depending on the time of the day.
5. Lisa Hoke
Intoxicated by color, Hoke fabricated 100,000 strips of heavy paper into a hallucination color radiator that effectively saturates the viewer’s field of vision. Inspired by the movement of light through windows as days pass, “Light My Fire” essentially transcends simple materials. Her colorful art installation at Rice Gallery produces a sea of colors bursting and mingling amongst a spectrum of hues and unleashing staggering visuals.
6. Gert Wingårdh and Kustaa Saksi
Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi joined forces to install a hypnotic artwork at the talk show of Stockholm Furniture Fair. 11,000 patterned paper sheets were staggered with Saksi’s illustrations and were buckled up in a dome accessed by an arch on each side. Appreciated from only underneath, this 3d multilayered wave is a Venetian blind construction whose columns of white sheets extend up the ceiling to create translucent walls and altar-like interiors.
7. Gabriel Dawe
Exploring the connections between fashion and architecture, Dawe commenced the subversion of prevalent notions of masculinity and machismo through his textiles, shapes, and forms. Crafting a holographic effect through light, Dawe’s “Plexus” series hypnotizes viewers for hours. The prismatic optical illusion is born out of 60 miles of thread and his affinity for rich Mexican textiles and cultural traditions.
8. Flynn Talbot
“Primary” by Australian lighting specialist Flynn Talbot is a new exploration in color and light, referring to the three prime colors of the spectrum. Exhibited in Perth, Paris, Istanbul and Seoul, these 3d polygons have been peculiarly composed to generate the right ratio of shadow which is then illuminated by the conflicting light sources, offering a unique sense of moment with visual and entrapping sounds.
9. Emmanuelle Moureaux
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the National Art Center of Tokyo, French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux displayed the glory of colors using brightly dyed paper cut into numerals into an interactive and imaginative paper art installation, named “Forest of Numbers.” This kaleidoscopic exhibition featured 60,000 paper cut-outs suspended from the ceiling. Forest of Numbers is the 18th episode of Moureaux’s 100 Colors series, symbolic of 10 floating layers of materialized years from 2017 to 2026.
Commissioned by CITIZEN, “LIGHT is TIME” is a dream,y site-specific art installation by Paris-based DGT architects. In accordance with the concept, the exhibition space was filled with 80,000 glittering small ‘base-plates’, traditionally used for watch manufacturing. Describing the inspiration behind this shimmering golden installation, DGT explained the sequential consequences of the astronomical universe’s origin and its juxtaposition with light and time.
11. Aurora Robson
“The Great Indoors” is a microscopic fuchsia landscape of the human body constructed utilizing 15,000 plastic bottles and riveting them into lavishly detailed organic forms. Robson’s tunnel is a journey of an internal wilderness of translucent membranes and LED filled colors. Exploring the beauty and complex curves of plastics, Aurora let the colorful art installation form itself into seeping blobs and chains of her childhood dreams.