Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space
Exhibition exploring the contemporary descendants of Light and Space
The Californian Light and Space movement was a school of art which existed in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s described by Melissa E Feldman, the guest curator of this new group show at the Fruitmarket, as being ‘the West Coast version of the more famous New York Minimalism,’ although this show concerns itself with contemporary descendants of Light and Space. Their similarity, she says, comes in ‘the concern with phenomenology, the focus on the viewer's perception in environmental works, and the use of optical materials, light itself and now filmed or photographed images of light as well.’
Feldman describes Light and Space as a little-known regional movement, but says that its influence is growing. ‘Ann Veronica Janssens' room of coloured mist created by a large yellow star of light alters your visual perception of space in a way that’s similar to that found in the work of leading Light and Space artists such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin,’ she says, describing the artists in her show. ‘James Wellings' photographs of Philip Johnson's glass house treat the structure as a new lens on reality in a way that’s related to Larry's Bell's tinted glass cubes. All the artists stage their works almost as perceptual experiments for viewers to test out. They can offer viewers willing to slow down and spend the time a heightened experience of time, light, and space.’
Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space is at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 14 Nov to Sun 21 Feb.