Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dan Flavin

By Webster’s definition, light is electromagnetic radiation that can be detected by the human eye.  Light is simply a phenomenon with physical aspects which is still unknown fully by science.
Dan Flavin, untitled 1973
Dan Flavin's capture of light by  using florescent colors contrasting in dark rooms gives a new quality of light, especially the repetition of pattern captivates the viewers eye. I was especially intrigued by the fact that he's using a dying media and using it as art.

Dan plays with the light spectrum and manipulates the way we see light. Its like what Tommy and Stoel say to us, it may not be about how the piece displays light but what it reflects. In this piece Dan definitely wants you to experience light in all aspects. 

In comparison Bruce Nauman plays with the concept of florescent light as a media for art. Where Nauman's work speaks for its self, Flavin's work is up for interpretation based on the eye of the beholder.
Bruce Nauman, 1978