Robert Irwin’s large-scale, eye-catching installations have always made one stop and take notice. Now, his exhibit at the Dia:Beacon called Excursus: Homage to the Square³, takes things one-step further. Irwin, who has been working as an artist since the 1950s, manages to remain as relevant as ever. The installation is a reimagining of one of his earlier works, made specifically for the Dia. The exhibit completely takes over the space, with even the landscape outside being designed by Irwin. The installation itself is shaped like a giant, rectangular shoebox, and becomes a labyrinth of different sections with different entrances and exits. Irwin’s signature light works illuminate the space even through the installation’s walls. The all white piece, bright with fluorescent lights, conveys a feeling of being in heaven – blissful, relaxing and otherworldly. The lights, of varying colors, give a further dreamlike feel inside the white walled, translucent structure. Immerse yourself in Irwin’s dream.
The exhibit will be on display at the Dia:Beacon in New York through 2017.