Dan Flavin embraced the same concepts that many artists of his time did. He threw aside the idea of art as a form of self expression and instead, focused on allowing viewers to enjoy the beauty of the materials he used.
The 1960s was a time that was influenced by industry. Artists, like
other members of society, are influenced by what they grow up with and
what they see around them.
Minimalism- Concepts Associated with This Art Movement
thought flourished during the 1960s. Artists embraced the idea that
materials that were not previously thought of as artistic did have
aesthetic value. Minimalism sought to bring out the beauty in everyday
Dan Flavin- Working with Lights
Falvin’s chosen medium was light bulbs. It always has been his
preferred material. Many of us nowadays would be able to appreciate a
beautifully sculpted bulb or a cleverly designed lamp. While he did look
at light bulbs in this way at first, he soon started to look at new
time went on, Dan Flavin began to base his art on how light affected
space and our perception of it. He used regular bulbs in his work and
often, there was very little else in the installation.
aim was not to bring a particular idea across. Instead, he wanted
people who viewed his installations to enjoy the appearance of the
Dan Flavin Untitled
Flavin’s most famous work is Untitled, done in 1969. This arrangement
consists of four blue fluorescent light bulbs arranged in such a way
that light reflects off the walls. When this happens, different shades
of blue light are formed.
artist's methods may seem simple when compared with those of an
Impressionist painter, for example. However, the aim of artists
associated with Minimalism was to allow each material they used to be
recognized for its own beauty.