Hap Tivey
Surface of Light
new light sculpture

January 8 - January 31, 2015

Hap Tivey

Hap Tivey, a pioneer of the Southern California Light and Space Movement of the 60s and 70s, makes a bold change in contemporary light sculpture in this groundbreaking exhibition, Surface of Light. Tivey explores the balance between the perception of material elements and pure light, while elegantly suggesting through his designs that sculpture in its entirety is in fact a surface of light.

In this exhibition, Tivey moves away from fabric screen projections, using instead wall-mounted metal constructions that elicit a raw and powerful presence. During his distinguished career, Tivey has pursued the physical experience of light and the emotional and theoretical significance light holds for the human condition. Inspired by light as a viewer dependent medium, he presents conditions or situations of light in the hope that the audience might engage with the work as an experience. Challenging the viewer to look at the world differently, Tivey encourages them to interpret the sculpture practically as well as aesthetically.

In Surface of Light, Tivey once again reinvents himself while maintaining the dynamic element that has characterized his work over the past three decades.

Hap Tivey has been represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery since 1981. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Menil Collection (Houston, Texas), The DIA Foundation (New York, New York), The Guggenheim Museum (New York, New York and Bilbao, Spain), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, New York), and P.S.1 (Queens, New York). Currently, he is a member of the faculty at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York).

 


Exhibition Images

RGB2
RGB Goldbogen
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
80 x 36 inches

  Machine in the Ghost 3
Duex Machina
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
84 x 12 inches

  Tulip 2
Tulip
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
96 x 12 inches

  Multicolor Corner
Bella Donna
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
96 x 12 inches

  Dual Barnett 2
Pale Barnett
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
84 x 12 inches

 
Cooper Barnett (view from 3 sides)
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
96 x 12 inches

 
Corner Flavor
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
72 x 19 x 4 inches

 
Threshhold
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
65 x 34 x 4 inches

 
Softgold Corner
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
75 x 4 x 4 inches

 
Pearl Light
aluminum, metal leaf and LED lights
2014
86 x 12 x 4 inches