"Creation is the result of activity and not thinking. It is activity that generates ideas which, themselves, give rise to other ones. It is a process in the course of which decisive choices are made in a mysterious way. It is the automatism with which the farmer ploughs the fields, a phenomenon that
"The thing that puts you there, but puts you in a special space that you cannot get anywhere else but the page—that’s what I’m interested in. I know we’re not historians, but I love great history because you are just flabbergasted that it actually happened. "
-Barry Hannah, 1996, in an inter
In his early career, during the late 1960s and early 70s, Robert Irwin followed in the footsteps of the abstract expressionists. He started as a painter, but quickly adopted objects and materials that would allow him to explore, with greater breadth, notions of perception and the effects of light and