"It is what it is and nothing else" - Dan Flavin denies any transcendent, symbolic extra-dimension to his art, to express minimalism in its truest form.
The American installation artist works with light, color, structural and sculptural space; an abstract expression of the conversation and relationship between objects and their environment, on the change or metamorphosis of a space through the entry of an element or luminosity.
Dan Flavin has always maintained that his installations are simply flourishing light forms that respond to a specific architectural light environment. However, with light as a medium, the artist was able to redefine the way we perceive visual, pictoral and sculptural spatial dimensions.
He has created site-specific installations all over the world, from galleries to public spaces like the Grand Central Station in New York and even a church.
In 1996, at the invitation of an Italian priest Giulio Greco, Dan Flavin worked on a site-specific project to restore and renovate the church of Santa Maria. Announced in Milan, called Chiesa Rossa, ie the Red Church of Milan.
As an ode to his work, an exhibition is being held in the Cardi Gallery, Milan. It presents 14 luminous installations that express the evolution of Dan Flavin's work over four decades, from the late 60s to the 90s.
His approach to minimalism and the geometric nature of his light art is always a source of inspiration.