Tube fluorescent vert
244 x 10 x 7 cm
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Adagp, Paris, 2018 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Untitled consists of a single green fluorescent tube attached vertically to the wall. The illuminated halo produced by this simple object gives off an energy that radiates through the space.
In 1963, Flavin began using fluorescent tubes in his work, in the four sizes and ten colours available for sale in stores. This is one of the first such pieces he made. By turning industrial lighting into a work of art, the artist was following in the footsteps of Marcel Duchamp and his readymades. Flavin’s contextual, minimalist work focuses on the viewer’s perception, offering a sensory experience by transforming space using light.