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Natural Light, Blue Light Room by Bruce Nauman

Natural Light, Blue Light Room by Bruce Nauman

Natural Light, Blue Light Room by Bruce Nauman

Natural Light, Blue Light Room by Bruce Nauman

Coinciding with London’s recent Frieze art fair, Bruce Nauman’s Natural Light, Blue Light Room was exhibited for the first time in 45 years. The exhibition is one of the first examples of architectural intervention in the art world, speaking to the tenets of minimalism, Natural Light, Blue Light Room questions the paramaters and requirements for something to be received as art. 

As a visitor enters the piece, they are forced to engage with severe and dramatic lighting; a constant shift of intensity, along with natural daylight entering from the other side of the space, cause the viewer’s eyes to repeatedly adjust, resulting in a degree of disorientation. In photographs, the exhibition may appear as a peaceful space, but when encountered first-hand, Natural Light, Blue Light Room‘s intention is, in part, to create discomfort. 

About the unexpected physical reaction, Nauman said about the original exhibition: “… in the gallery, there were some skylights above one wall. I installed blue fluorescent lights below the sky lights, it messed up your ability to see the space clearly because when you got under them you started getting a lot of afterimages. Everything became a little jumpy… there was nothing else in the space, so the idea was that it would be hard to know what to focus on and even if you did, it would be hard to focus.”

Photos: Peter Mallet

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