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Corner Lamp

Corner Lamp

Artist: Larry S. Bell (born 1939 Chicago, Illinois; lives Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California)

Department: Art
Date: 1987
Medium: plate glass coated with metalic vapor (inconel and silicon monoxide) and electric light
Dimensions:
120 x 27 3/4 x 27 3/4 in. (304.8 x 70.5 x 70.5 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Frank Ribelin
Object number: PC1998.49.1.1
DescriptionMirrored triangular forms of light appear above and below a glass shelf, the top triangle containing a variety of colors and the bottom form appears as pure white.
On view
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Lámpara de esquina

1987

vapor metálico sobre placa de vidrio y luz eléctrica

obsequio de Frank Ribelin

PC1998.49.1.1

 

Aunque Larry Bell crea también esculturas más convencionales en bronce y pinturas

abstractas complejas, probablemente sea más famoso por su relación con la corriente

artística «Light and Space» (Espacio y luz) de los años sesenta, que contaba entre sus miembros con artistas como Robert Irwin y James Turrell. Bell y estos otros artistas cuestionaban los materiales tradicionales y la presentación convencional de objetos de arte y deseaban crear un tipo de experiencia más directa e impactante. La lámpara de esquina utiliza una fuente de luz, un panel de vidrio tratado químicamente con cuidado y las propias paredes de la galería. Con esta obra no se lanza un mensaje específico al espectador; más bien se le invita simplemente a maravillarse del milagro de la luz y de su propio proceso de percepción.

Larry Bell 

born 1939 Chicago, Illinois; lives Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California

Corner Lamp

1987

metallic vapor on plate glass with electric light

gift of Frank Ribelin

PC1998.49.1.1

 

While Larry Bell also makes more conventional sculpture in bronze and complex abstract

paintings on canvas, he is perhaps most famous for his association with the California “Light

and Space” art movement of the 1960s, which included artists like Robert Irwin and James

Turrell. Bell and these other artists questioned the traditional materials and presentation of art

objects, and hoped to create a more direct kind of phenomenal experience. Corner Lamp involves a light source, a carefully chemically treated pane of glass, and the gallery walls themselves. There is no specific message the viewer is meant to grasp; rather, you are invited to simply marvel at the miracle of light and your own process of perception.