Secession presents Robert Irwin: Three Volumes an exhibition on view July 5–September 1, 2013.
For over 40 years now, seeing, or more specifically, perception, has been the foundation of Robert Irwin’s artistic practice. At the start of his career in the late 1950s he still painted in an abstract expressionist style, in 1970 he abandoned his studio and the idea of art as a structured object. His artistic work has since then been shaped by an unending engagement with human perception. Irwin’s interest is focused on light and space and their mutual interaction: he is one of the pioneers of the Californian “light and space movement.” The context of the environment in which an artistic work is presented and beheld, plays a defining role for the conception of his installations. Irwin coined for this the concept “site-conditioned” or “conditional art.” Since 1975, the artist has realized over 50 projects that react to the existing qualities of a site or spatial context, including prominent projects such as the designs for Dia:Beacon in the Hudson Valley or the luscious garden of Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Three Volumes, the site-conditioned installation Robert Irwin developed for the main space of the Secession, foresees three cubes covered with scrim that emphasize and rhythmize the volume of the space on the basis of the architecture.
Robert Irwin, born 1928 in Long Beach, California, lives and works in San Diego, California.
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