Today we are leaping from the Renaissance, in Italy, to installation art in southern California as we continue to celebrate the days of Christmas.
One of my favourite Robert Irwin pieces is 1°2°3°4°. ( I’ve written about Irwin here and here.)
1°2°3°4° is a semi-permanent installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. It’s an excellent example of a site specific work of art, which looks deceptively simple: three squares of glass removed from the windows.
Listen to what Irwin says about his work: And here it’s like I am saying, you know the kind of attention you have been taught to lavish on a Renaissance landscape within its as-if window frame, try lavishing that sort of attention on the world itself. In fact, get rid of the window. Just experience the world!
….now you’ve taken the frame and sort of bent it, which just brings that even into more focus, it turns out that before it was slightly out of focus, but now, bang, it snaps into focus, becoming completely pictorial while in fact being the opposite of pictorial, which is to say experiential, because on top of everything else now you get the sounds drifting in from outside, and the soft breeze blowing, the whole thing becoming truly four dimensional. (from page 270-271, seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees by Lawrence Weschler.)
Experience the world! They are inspiring words for the new year.
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