Robert Irwin: Way Out WestExhibition

Robert Irwin: Way Out West

In this exhibition, Robert Irwin, a pioneering artist of the “Light and Space” movement, continues his ongoing interest in the perceptual qualities of light, experimenting with rhythm, texture, densities, temperature and tonal relationships. Irwin wraps the fluorescent tubes in as many as 13 gels to achieve a range of hues, and vertically mounts the lights in groups. The sculptures are organized in heights of four, six and eight feet ranging from three to twenty-seven fixtures on the wall. These works are meant to exist in several different states, including the off position, dramatically altering the compositions, mood and atmosphere of the surrounding environment. In each state, chromatic relationships change, temperatures go from warm to cool and back again, and the quality of light in the room changes. For this exhibition, the work will be shown in both daylight and artificial light, with both environments playing a crucial role, creating a dialogue with the light that radiates from within the work. Light tubes reflect upon each other, and the spaces between them allow the adjacent colors to refract, producing a vast range of hues. The artist will determine the state that each sculpture shall remain in for the duration of the exhibition.

Selected Works

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  • #3 x 6' - Four Fold
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 16 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches

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  • #3 x 6' - Four Fold
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 16 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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  • #3 x 6' - Four Fold
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 16 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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  • #3 x 6' - Four Fold
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 16 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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  • Four Corners
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 81 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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  • Sidewinder
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 81 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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  • All That Jazz
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    72 x 172 5/8 x 4 inches
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  • Durango
    2011
    Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color
    74 x 172 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches
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Selected Press

The New York Observer | At Home in the West: Robert Irwin at L&M Arts in Los Angeles

September 29, 2011

Critical explanations of Robert Irwin’s work almost invariably emphasize the fact that he is an artist …

Artweek LA | Robert Irwin: Way Out West

September 11, 2011

In this exhibition, Robert Irwin, a pioneering artist of the “Light and Space” movement, continues …