DELVE: Architecture + Light

We are excited to be exploring Architecture + Art for our upcoming DELVE Networking event this December 9th, 7-9pm at MEx in Brooklyn. Join us, get tickets here! In this post, we are sharing several artists who use light specifically to create pieces that invoke architectural spaces. 

James Turrell Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013 Daylight and LED light, Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF

James Turrell
Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013
Daylight and LED light, Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
© James Turrell
Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF

Did you see James Turrell's Aten Reign at the Guggenheim in NYC last summer? His always-moving work focuses on light and perception and "recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, the installation remained Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture—its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space—as one of Turrell’s Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus the Roden Crater Project (1979– )."

From the Dia Art Foundation Website Robert Irwin, Installation view from Excursus: Homage to the Square³ at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. September 13, 1998-June 13, 1999. Photo: Thibault Jeanson. Courtesy of Dia Art Foundation.

From the Dia Art Foundation Website
Robert Irwin, Installation view from Excursus: Homage to the Square³ at Dia Center for the Arts,
548 West 22nd Street, New York City. September 13, 1998-June 13, 1999.
Photo: Thibault Jeanson. Courtesy of Dia Art Foundation.

We are very excited that next year, Dia: Beacon is exhibiting Excursus: Homage to the Square3, Robert Irwin’s landmark site-specific work, which was originally presented from 1998 to 1999 at the Dia's then Chelsea location. "For this new installation, the numerous chambers made of mesh scrim that comprise the work are reconfigured for Dia: Beacon and are lit by intersecting fluorescent and natural light. Excursus: Homage to the Square3 exemplifies Irwin’s practice of creating environments that bring attention to the subtleties of perception." 

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room from Designcollector.net

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room from Designcollector.net

Another recent exhibition that used light as its main medium was Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room, shown at David Zwirner for the first time last winter. It was a mirror paneled wall with a small reflecting pool and hundreds of multi-colored LED lights hung from the ceiling. This intense illumination provided a sense of endless space and reflection, inherently pointing to concepts of life and death.

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