Doug Wheeler's "Infinity Environment" at the David Zwirner gallery in New York City has been the talk of the town for the last couple weeks. Wheeler was one of the so-called "light and space" artists who emerged in Los Angeles in the 1960s. This group is often thought of as the west coast expression of minimal art that dominated the New York art world at the time. This is the first time one of Wheeler's signature environments has been constructed in New York, reminding us of how important art can remain essentially regional--or, perhaps, how until relatively recently the New York art world has remained largely disinterested in West Coast developments of the 1960s.
We can't experience the infinity environment firsthand. But reading others' accounts of their experience, what do you think? How does this art operate? What are the implications of such perceptual disorientation? How is the body of the spectator engaged, and to what ends? Does this description remind you of any experiences that you have had? Be sure to follow Tyler Green's links to learn more.