new-york

Dan Flavin

Castelli Gallery

Light as information has been the subject of Dan Flavin’s work over the last decade. Within his luminous spaces, light is dissociated from metaphors implicit in sources of natural light, while avoiding the commercial and Pop art aspects of other neon activity. Flavin’s work is moving toward purity of format and illumination. It is almost necessary to approach his art through negative description. Since his pieces use material as the vehicle for incandescence, it seems mistaken to view his work as sculptural. Because the luminescent areas are not illusory, the work is neither painterly nor pictorial. While the viewer is able to physically enter these areas of light, the work is not environmental, for the environment demands more complete sensual involvement. Flavin’s pieces maintain a distance through the harshness and vibration of the light and the rigor of design.

The disengagement of

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