1) The art work that I studied as my research of light and space art was a piece of work that I found very relaxing. the colors were cool, and made me feel refreshed in a way that is hard to explain. I do not know much about the artist, however it seems like her art work is one that doesn't always need paint and a brush. The one I studied was more basic with pillars and made of what seemed to granite, but it was just as meaningful as any piece of painting.

2) There are some artists that focus on light and space only, for example:

Robert Irwin
James Turrell
Peter Alexander
Larry Bell
John mcCracken
Craig Kauffman
Helen Pashgian
Eric orr

3) Light and space art began in the 1960's, and was influenced by John McCaughlin. The focus, as can be inferred in the title has to do with using light,volume, space, and scale and materials such as glass,resin, and cast acrylic.This work was exhibited back in 1971 in an exhibition at UCLA. The exhibition was called "Transparency,Reflection, Light, Space". <Hyperlink> The show represented work of Peter Alexander,Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, and Craig Kauffman.
The roots of light and space art go back to the minimalists.The Minimalists' emphasis on showing signs of authorship from the artwork (by using simple, geometric forms, and courting the appearance of industrial objects) led, to the view that the meaning of the object lay not inside it, but on the surface because it arose from the viewer's interaction with the object. By the late 1960's, the movement started to fade away, and other ideas arose. In California, the "Light and Space" movement was led by Robert Irwin, who used minimalist John Mclaughlin as inspiration. Others began to follow this idea, and the art began to get known in the the early 1070's. << someone should correct typos such as this. one of the advantages of wikis is having multiple people to proof read the copy.
The first artists known to work this way were James Turrell, John Mclaughlin ,and Robert Irwin.

Jasper Jin
Visual Thinking
Friday 9:30-12:30 PM

1st Wiki Assignment

1) After watching the video on Olafur Eliasson in class I was compelled to research more artwork by him. I came by another famous piece by him where he literally emulates the Sun using light and space. What amazed me about this was just the fact that he attempted to recreate the sun, this type of work to me is completely original and worthy. What was so intriguing was the fact that he manipulated and utilized light and space so well. He did this so well that his recreation of the Sun took on every notable characteristic of the sun.

2) Other Light and Space artists (including ones listed above):

Doug Wheeler
Ron Cooper
Mary Corse
Bruce Nauman
De Wain Valentine

3) Light and Space was said to have began in California, acting as almost a staple form of artwork. Robert Irwin was one of the most influential artists that really impacted and pushed the art world over edge with his innovative forms of art in the 60's. His abstract art that was "outside of the frame" led to artwork that threw viewers literally into his art. Although this form of art wasn't completely new, his interpretations and variations on the form was seen as fresh. Viewers, in order to fully experience his art, had to walk into and be essentially inside of the piece of art. Light and space art is something that belongs in California and is much more feasible here rather than in the east coast. The main cultural difference between say, New York, and Venice Beach, is the hustle and bustle of people. New York there isn't a whole lot of space to work with, people are always in a rush from point A to point B which adds to this cluster that is too difficult to work with. Whereas in a place like Venice beach in California people are part of this "beach" culture. Everyone is never in a rush and is much more laid back. There is less of a cluster, therefore much more space to work with. Artists are more capable in California because of the space that is available and peace that comes with the beach culture. Which goes to show why and how the Light and Space art movement was started and has bloomed in California.

Hunter Doty
Visual Thinking
  1. The piece I researched was by Doug Wheeler, called RM 669. The piece was particularly interesting to me because it was so ominous and almost had a mystic feel to it. The piece was an entire room, which had no hard edges and was painted completely white, so that one’s focus had to been on the neon blue square of light at the end of the room. The light that emanated from it was soft, but filled most of the room because of the reflectivity of the white walls and white floors that were seemingly endless, in order to maximize the light’s reflection.
  2. Robert Irwin
Doug Wheeler
DeWain Valentine
Peter Alexander
Larry Bell
Craig Kauffman
John McCracken
John McLaughlin
3. The light and space art form is a branch of minimalism, which basically means that the art form is stripped down to its fundamental features. In the case of light
and space, the fundamental features are (obviously) light and space, and it focuses on the way we percept the art. It utilizes phenomena like volume and scale,
while using materials like glass, plexiglass, and acrylics in a certain way pertaining to the piece’s environment. Because this style of art is usually so minimal, it
relies heavily on the viewer’s perception to give it meaning. Some of the first artists to view art this way were Robert Irwin, John McLaughlin, and John

Karen Hernandez
Visual Thinking
Wiki page/ Preliminary Thoughts
  1. The artist I chose to do the preliminary research was Bruce Nauman, a Light and Space Artist. I chose the Green Light Corridor, 1970. It was showcased in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This art work was a room full of a bright green light. In the center of the room there were two boards that created a narrow passage. This passage was lit by bright white neon lights and so it gave the impression that there was a narrow infinite passage with the grand room.
2 . James Turrel, Larry Bell, Olafur Eliasson, Walter de Maria, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Helen Pashgian, Doug Wheeler, John McCraken, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, DeWain Valentine

3. Art and Space as an art form is said to be a branch of minimalism. It began to question the contemporary art and the rigidity of the art. The first artists, like Robert Irwin, began to understand that the artist should be the one who defines his or her art not the other way around. Art and Space also allows the viewer to experience art in a different manner as well. It allows a person to enter into the art and be part of the experience.

Yirialim Cholico
September 28, 2011


My share of work for the visual essay includes the event I attended during the summer called LA Rising. This event was by far one of the best events I have ever attended, and honestly it was really good because of the light effects. this event was held at the LA Coliseum, and included artist like muse, Rage Against the Machine, Immortal Technique, among others. I don't know too much about lighting, but the lighting used in this concert was amazing. The colors were vibrant and bright, but were well coordinated with the artists. The lighting never out-shined the artists, it was all put together and went well perfectly as a conjunction. It seemed to be like the artists were part of the light and space included in the concert. The colors included blue, purple, and green. Occasionally red, but mostly the first three colors. there seems to be a problem with the upload of the picture, so it is not easy to understand what I mean, but I try to describe it as much as possible. the lights were moving from corner to corner, and it seemed like we were breathing the color in through our nose and eyes. there was some instances when music, lyrics, and light would all go together, at the same beat; at the same time. It is inevitable to realize the importance of the lighting and how it has a soul of its own. It brings so much to a scene, and it makes it what it is.
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