Light and Space Light itself focuses and diffuses our gaze in Irwin’s new environmental light installation Light and Space (2007), consisting of two-foot and four-foot colorless fluorescent tubes mounted on the north wall of the Foster Gallery in the Jacobs Building. The piece creates a dialogue between solid architecture and empty space mediated by electric light—three forms of matter at different accelerations. In this work—developed during Irwin’s residency in MCASD’s Robert Caplan Artist-in-Residence Studio—he uses for the first time fluorescent light tubes alone as the main triggers of a mass-less, enveloping perceptual experience.


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