press release

This exhibition examines three moments in which American artists have explored the potential of light as a sculptural medium. The exhibition begins in the middle of the last century with Charles Biederman's classic modern construction "#9, New York, 1940," one of the first known sculptures to incorporate artificial light (acquired by the Smart in 2001). It continues with key works from the 1960s when artists such as Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, and James Turrell began to use light to create sublimely minimal sculptures. It concludes with a major commission from emerging artist Stephen Hendee, who uses scrappy everyday materials-translucent plastic sheeting, electrical tape, and colored lights-to create temporary installations that allow viewers to walk through crystalline, glowing environments that recall the fantastic architecture of virtual reality. The exhibition will combine visually stunning works with extensive documentation for each piece to illuminate the ways that the artists' uses of light reflect individual experimentation as refracted through broader cultural currents of the 1940s, the 1960s, and now. Pressetext

Illuminations - Sculpting with Light
KünstlerInnen: Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Stephen Hendee
Ort: Richard and Mary L. Gray Special Exhibition Gallery