Tetrachromat, an exhibition of works by the American artist, Tauba Auerbach (1981), is traveling to Malmö's Art Space, where it will be on view from March 16 through June 10, 2012.
“Tetrachromacy”, the word from which the exhibition takes its name, is a new optical theory that claims that a small percentage of women have a fourth optical color receptor (the conventional theory is that humans have only three color receptors).
Using the new opportunities provided by digital technology, as well as classical crafting methods, such as paper folding, braiding and engraving, Auerbach masterfully creates flickering, visually stimulating trompe l'oeil – Op art compositions created with optical illusion techniques.
Having twisted and folded raw canvas, the artist then presses the compressed material. After the material has aired, it is unwound; while the canvas still holds its three-dimensional creases, it is spray-painted from various angles, creating an interesting effect: when pressed flat, the two-dimensional canvas appears to retain a three-dimensional form.