Dan FLAVIN-Greens Crossing Greens:to Piet Mondrian who lacked green


Greens Crossing Greens:to Piet Mondrian Who Lacked Green


Fluorescent Lights,Fixtures

134.6*584.8*373.4cm [53*230.25*147 in]

Panza Collection,Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,New YorkImage

Dan Flavin was an American minimalist artist famous for creating sculptural objects and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures. Flavin’s work are called “situations or proposals rather than sculpture.” Dan Flavin dedicated “his life-long” fascination with light, space and color.” He is a pioneer of light installation artist and influences many contemporary new media artists.

Greens Crossing Greens: to Piet Mondrian who lacked green is “the first work of its kind”. “Its kind” is related to “situation” and “proposals”. Flavin “used two crossing fence-like structure of green fluorescent tubes”deconstruct the space and the non-parallel like the barrier or bridge break the boundary between light and space. The artist Mel Bochner credited Flavin’s practice as embodying “an acute awareness of the phenomenology of rooms.” This awareness stemmed from Flavin’s rejection of studio production in favor of site-specific “situations” or “proposals”.

In my experience, I have been Dia Art Foundation (Beacon) to appreciate the original work of Dan Flavin. I think the light installation in the space with the specific context and form a particular atmosphere. The whole space looks like one complete work. I think that is why huge light installation or video installation are always have inseparable relationship with space, as well as James TURRELL’s work. As a audience, every position you can appreciate this work in different prospective and converse with space.


Actually, Dan Flavin is one of my favorite contemporary artists, and I am also very interested in other important light installation artists, such as James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, Bruce Nauman, Julian Laverdiere&Paul Myoda.

(PS: Julian Laverdiere&Paul Myoda’s famous work Tribute in Light(2002) is exhibited in New York now on September 11.)

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