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PRINT September 1968

Douglas Wheeler: Light Paintings

DOUG WHEELER WAS BORN IN Globe, Arizona in 1939. He currently resides in Venice, California. The two Doug Wheeler light paintings illustrated here measure 88 by 84 inches and are thus slightly larger than a standing man with his arms outstretched. Their scale is kinesthetic. They approximate the size that can most appropriately encompass all the movements of a human body within a limited space. If the paintings were considerably smaller they would be more related to the act of seeing or, by implication, of reading. If they were any larger there would be a loss of tension. Moreover, the size and type of space in which the painting is displayed is also a factor. If the space is too large or too tall, or if it has distracting features, it can destroy or distort the viewing of the work. This approach to the manner in which the works should be displayed has nothing to do with preciousness on

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