Art Adventures: Bask in Dan Flavin's Fluorescent Light

By Alexander Mason Hankin | April 6, 2018 | Lifestyle

Rihanna said it best: “Turn up the lights in here baby, extra bright, I want y'all to see this.”

Turn up the lights indeed! Dan Flavin's latest exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea is a must-see. Aptly named in daylight or cool white, guests will enter into a dark concrete gallery to soon realize that stark contrasts of light play throughout the exhibition. As you walk through the space, the feelings of dark and cold are slowly erased as you become enveloped in Flavian’s warm glow.


The exhibition is illuminated by Flavin’s works from the 1960s. From the start of his career in 1963, Flavin has consistently played with white florescent lights, delivering bolts of artistic energy in every piece. Flavin expresses his creative prowess via playing with variations of order, color, and warmth of fluorescent lights, crafting art from an everyday medium. This situation (as the artist prefers to call his work) focuses on significant works and how it illuminates and defines the surrounding elements.


What we love most about this exposition is its unexpected tranquility. Regardless if you are looking at his art piece-by-piece or as a whole cohesive collection, Flavin’s work emanates a sense of inner peace and calm that is then transmitted to every spectator. Take time in each of the rooms to immerse yourself in the fluorescent lights and to observe how each room relates to the next.

Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white. On view through April 14, 2018. David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W. 20 Street, New York, NY


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