Composed of inner and outer squares, this visually complex installation is made up of a sequence of layered reflections and quadrates, converging hues and densities.
Working primarily with glass, Larry Bell explores its joint capacity to be clear and reflective, hard and substantial. Fundamentally optical, his sculpture moves beyond the traditional bounds of its medium, exploring the elusive nature of three-dimensional objects in phenomenological space, seeking ever more powerful ways to make the material and immaterial converge.
‘Although we tend to think of glass as a window, it is a solid liquid that has at once three distinctive qualities: it reflects light, it absorbs light, and it transmits light all at the same time.’
— Larry Bell
Image: Installation view, Larry Bell, ’Venice Fog I’ and ‘Venice Fog II’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2017. Photo: Mario de Lopez