Image Resources | Currently on View in Becky and Russell R. Curtis Gallery
Untitled belongs to a series of spray-painted aluminum and cast acrylic disks that Robert Irwin created between 1966 and 1969. The sculpture consists of a central, slightly convex acrylic disk bisected by a horizontal three-inch-wide gray line, suspended by a concealed clear Plexiglas cylinder protruding nearly two feet from the wall. The work is cross-lit by four incandescent lights, casting four overlapping shadows. Irwin's use of light and space makes the sculpture appear to float, and deliberately incorporates these halo-like shadows as part of the artwork.
Robert Irwin read the perceptual philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, which emphasizes that perception requires an interaction between the body and an object in the world. The disk series demonstrates an important moment in Robert Irwin's development as an artist, as he moved away from abstract expressionist painting to engage with light, space, and multisensory perception.