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Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art”

The exhibition features works by Judy Chicago, Robert Irvin, Helene Pashgian, James Turell, Doug Wheelerand much more

From June 3 to September 4, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Frist Art Museum Presents Light, space, surface: works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Artan exhibition of sculptures, paintings and immersive installations by a tight-knit group of artists working in Southern California from the 1960s to the present day. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Light, Space, Surface will be on view in Frist’s Ingram and Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Galleries in From June 3 to September 4, 2022.

Featuring 50 works by 22 artists ranging from small sculptures to experiential environments, this visually enticing exhibition explores how the properties of light and space as well as highly polished surfaces can themselves be art forms. “This exhibition challenges us to rethink what art can be and the materials artists can use to create their work,” says Carol S. Eliel, Senior Curator of Modern Art at LACMA. “Although these works may evoke Southern California for visitors – its sunshine, open spaces and shiny surfaces on surfboards and cars – the roots of light and space and “finishing fetish” run much deeper. »

Renowned “light and space” and “finishing fetish” artists are united by an interest in manipulating the medium of light, projected or reflected, to alter the perception of form, architectural space, and surface qualities. Going beyond the tradition of representing light through painting or photography, artists like Robert Irvin, James Turelland Doug Wheeler creating installations in which real light takes on a form that seems to exist between presence and absence, offering a way to enter a mysterious immaterial world.

“In the 1960s and 1970s, various Southern California Artists began to create works that investigate perceptual phenomena: how we come to understand form, volume, presence and absence through light, seen directly through other materials, reflected or refracted.” , explains Eliel. materials such as cast resins, fiberglass, neon lights, and spray paint to tie together art and technology in a cool aesthetic that echoes the emotional detachment of pop art and minimalism of the time. “

The best-known figure in the exhibition is James Turell (b. 1943), whose work deals directly with the power of light to create illusory space. In one of his exhibited works, Afrum (White)the projected light creates the appearance of a radiant cube floating in the corner of the room.

As Frist Art Museum audiences may recall from a 2014 solo exhibition in our Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, Helene Pashgian (b. 1934) has been fascinated by the complex relationship between light and surface since early childhood. In Untitledone of two works by Pashgian in the exhibition, she placed a bent acrylic rod within a cast resin object, complicating the way her nearly transparent sculpture reflects and refracts light.

Mary Corsica (b. 1945) explored various ways to bring light to the medium of painting through the use of glass microspheres— the tiny beads used for highway lane lines and signage, which reflect and refract car headlights. This led to the iconic Corsican White Light paintings, which she continues to do today. Microspheres transform ordinary paints into light-sensitive canvases that change appearance depending on the position of the viewer. Such works exist as constantly evolving perceptual experiences in which the viewer is an active participant.

Peter Alexander (b. 1939) believed that only perfectly polished finishes – as seen in his corner sculptures in the exhibition – would fully immerse the viewer. He came to polyester resin as a sculptural material through surfing, intrigued by the translucent, moldable nature of the liquid resin he used to varnish and repair his surfboard. Larry Bell (b. 1939) also regards the surfaces of his works as paramount and was drawn to the surface properties of glass. Through a vacuum coating process, it changes the way glass absorbs, reflects and transmits light, allowing it to create endless variations in color, transparency and reflectivity.

To further enrich the multisensory experience in the galleries, the Frist has collaborated with the Nashville vibe set, who has composed new music inspired by selected works from the exhibition that will be presented during the audio tour instead of verbal commentary. Organized and directed by an electronic composer Michael HixEnsemble’s lineup is made up of some of the city’s most creative and innovative artists, including Belly Full of Stars, Diatom Deli and Jack Silverman. While Hix says he normally goes for warm analog synth sounds in his music, for this project he opted to create a “clean digital palette to complement the show’s focus on industrial materials, light and electricity”. As an additional resource, a behind-the-scenes video of the Nashville Ambient Ensemble recording the audio tour at Club Roar at Nashville will be accessible via a QR code in the gallery and on The Ensemble’s first album, Azurewas released in 2021 on the Nashville Centripetal Force record company.

Exhibition Artists

Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al-BengstonJudy Chicago, Gisela Colon, Ron Cooper, Mary Corsica, Ronald Davis, Guy DillLaddie John Dill, Fred Everley, Robert Irvin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Helene Pashgian, Roland Reiss, Roy Thurston, James TurellBy Wain Valentin, Doug Wheelerand Norman Zammit.

Exhibit Credit

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thank you supporters

Platinum Sponsor: HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health

Support for education and community engagement: Windgate Foundation

Hosting Sponsor: Union Station Hotel

Funded in part by the Hays Foundation and the Gordon CAP Gallery Fund

With additional support from the Frist Art Museum‘s Friends of contemporary art

The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Frist Foundation, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibit facility dedicated to presenting and creating high-quality exhibits with programs related educational and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual arts from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibits that inspire people through art to look at their world in a new way. Accessibility information is available at Admission to the gallery is free for visitors 18 and under and for members, and $15 for adults. For current hours and additional information, visit or call 615.244.3340.

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