Tuesday, October 10, 2006

North, South, East, West

Dipping favorably into the realm of Land art once again. Michael Hiezer’s negative spaces do indeed hold an air of awe. On permanent display at the Dia Beacon.

“It is interesting to build a sculpture that attempts to create an atmosphere of awe. Small works are said to do this but it is not my experience. Immense, architecturally sized sculpture creates both the object and the atmosphere. Awe is a state of mind equivalent to religious experience, I think if people feel commitment they feel something has been transcended. . . . I think that large sculptures produced in the '60s and '70s by a number of artists were reminiscent of the time when societies were committed to the construction of massive, significant works of art.”1


Steven LaRose said...

Are those holes?
I instantly thought of Charles Ray's ink cubes and Turrell's light rooms, except these seem like no-light rooms.

Ryan Alexander MacDonald said...

Yeah, Humongous holes, seemingly bottomless. Originally out in the desert, now at the Dia, a place people should visit at least once in their lifetime.
You're right they are kind-of Negative Turrell. Hiezer is Turrell's antithesis in a way, yet still monumental.