Arts

All the Rules Will Change

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:
 
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And here is how it looks viewing it from the entry:
 
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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:
 
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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.
 
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All photos © Victoria Pickering
 

I'm a D.C. native, but have only been taking photos for about five years. Even in that time, I've seen so many changes in D.C., and am increasingly interested in photographing the things in D.C. that are temporary or may be demolished, and the people who interact with the city. When I'm not out photographing, I'm a web developer.