Yesterday was the opening of Robert Irwin’s exhibit at the Hirshhorn, aptly titled “All the Rules Will Change.”
The highlight of the exhibit is the “perception room,” a new work created specifically for the Hirshhorn space. You think it is an empty room at first, until all of a sudden your perceptions change and you understand its subtlety. You’ll have to go experience it, because it still looks like an empty room in these photos:
And here is how it looks viewing it from the entry:
Robert Irwin gave a lecture last night to a packed crowd. He’s 87, and has been an artist for more than 60 years. When you hear him speak, and see his work, you realize that he has spent a lifetime distilling, rejecting, and refining his work, to a point that feels pure and more essential. Lots of lessons for us as photographers trying to grow.
The exhibit also includes a retrospective of his work, and it is fascinating to see its evolution. Two works especially look like earlier conceptions of the underlying ideas of the perception room:
And while you are looking at his exhibit, make sure to look at the hallway outside. Linn Meyers is creating “Our View from Here”, a marker drawing that will extend all the way around for 400 feet. She will complete it in early May, and it will then remain for a year before being painted over.
All photos © Victoria Pickering