Hap Tivey: Fourth Situation

Edited by Melinda Wortz
Published by © 1976 University Art Gallery, UC Irvine


In this solo exhibit, the use of fluorescent tubes and the silhouettes of the exhibit's own visitors stimulate a subjective experience with light.  The artist, Hap Tivey, recounts experiencing light in the world within the conventions of vision, and also inside the chamber where his consciousness freely examines the moment—light becomes mystical and omnipresent: “light has no back."  Curator Melinda Wortz describes Tivey’s minimalism as denying physicality and engendering an ephemeral experience.

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