Los Angeles

Michael Asher

La Jolla Museum

The La Jolla Museum of Art is undergoing an image transformation under a new director, Tom Tibbs and assistant director, Larry Urrutia. The Museum is now organizing a number of low pressure exhibitions of Los Angeles area artists. Last month a single work of Robert Irwin’s was exhibited, one of the recent plastic discs, shown isolated in a long, low-ceilinged gallery. This gallery has now been transformed into an environment designed and constructed by Michael Asher. The room has been only slightly altered. The floor was covered with thick white shag carpeting—a favorite California tract house item—and the walls painted white. Lighting was soft but not theatrical, and a low hum—a steady 85 cycles came from a hidden source, the intensity varying as one moved around the space. Visitors were asked to enter one at a time and to remove their shoes.

The sensory effect of the room was both quiescent

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