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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Robert Irwin's lecture - MCASD

Tonight I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla (MCASD) with a group of close artist friends to listen to a lecture by Robert Irwin. I love that Museum! The MCASD presents Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries, an exhibition at the MCASD downtown San Diego. I saw the exhibition three times, Robert Irwin made the installations especially for the space and the result is a candy for the eye and at the same time very subdued.

Robert Irwin gives lectures in Universities very often and he said tonight that he was telling us kind of the same thing he would tell students. His speech was very articulated. At one time it echoed what I felt this morning when I saw the exhibition “In the Beginning” at UCSD: Robert Irwin was talking about how it was irrelevant for him to try to contain the world in a frame, how it felt awkward to try to work inside the boundaries of a defined surface (for example a canvas stretched on bars). This morning the piece I preferred was “it’s midnight and I’m lonely, 2007” by Danielle Gustafson-Sundell which is totally open, although in two dimensions and not three: it is still “on” the wall.

I have to think through this, it is very important.

1 comment:

janella said...

Your description reminded me that I saw an old interview w/ the director of 'Pan's Labyrinth' today where he said films are capable of producing a lot of eye candy, but also a lot of 'eye protein.'