San Diego

Robert Irwin

San Diego State University Art Gallery

If, as many maintain, space is the most salient area of inquiry in 20th-century art, reading space to determine one’s location within it, physically and conceptually, becomes an essential task. In the vernacular, “far out,” “into” and “spaced out” point to the body-centered sensation that determines space and place, and which historically has been manifest most clearly in architecture. Site-specific art and quite a bit of recent architecturally derived sculpture have dealt with this determination of space and place. Central to this form of perception is the haptic sense, that bodily sense which engages feeling and doing simultaneously. It is this form of perception which unfolds in ROBERT IRWIN’s familiar scrim installations.

In the bland, rectangular San Diego State University Art Gallery Irwin has installed a taut, translucent fabric scrim across the middle of the room. The top portion

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