Untitled (#2220), 1969
Cast acrylic, acrylic paint
54 x 54 x 24 1/2 inches
Collection of Orange County Museum of Art;
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kelsey
Employing the technologies and materials of the local engineering and aerospace industries, Robert Irwin was one of a group of Los Angeles artists who blurred the boundaries between painting and sculpture during the 1970s. In a period marked by great change and experimentation, artists increasingly rejected the materiality of objects and instead investigated the perceptual roots of the art experience. Irwin's circular discs are made of clear acrylic that dissolves into light, thus integrating the object and the environment.
This work, representative of the Light and Space movement, exemplifies his inquiry into the visual phenomenon of light and the nature of vision itself.