On April 19th, 2013 Peter Alexander and Robert Irwin sat down together for a dialog at Quint Contemporary Art. The video below provides full insight into the dialog that transpired between the two of them.
Peter Alexander, a pioneer in the Light and Space movement, has experimented with cast polyester resin since the late 1960s. His works explore the material’s unique ability to simultaneously contain and reflect light. This exhibition will feature new wall-mounted resin works, as well as a recent series of related drawings. The square, wall-mounted resin sculptures have a fathomless density at their centers, and appear to evaporate at the edges as the saturation of color pigment shifts. The gouache drawings consist of thin layers of overlapping colors, achieving by a different manner the same opaque-yet-translucent quality that marks the resin pieces. Alexander’s work reflects his abiding fascination with light moving through atmosphere.
Robert Irwin as an artist, theoretician, and teacher, has over the last 50 years, played a pivotal role in the development of the unique tenants of Modern Art. Through his own personal Husserlian reduction, his work became the precursor for art outside the frame and object. This includes installation art, light and space art, art in public spaces, site specific art, and what he now terms, conditional art which draws the focus to the relationship and role of the sentient being vis-à-vis the cognitive self.