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EUROPEAN PREMIERE Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
An older man in white shirt and jeans stares down a corridor or frames in a large empty building. Light comes in through the windows
Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling, dir. Jennifer Lane, USA 2022. 93 min., English

The European premiere of Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling, a feature documentary about legendary California light and space artist Robert Irwin, whose decade-spanning career has profoundly influenced generations of artists. 

He began as a charismatic painter in LA’s late ’60s ‘cool school’ scene, then turned his back on the art world for nearly a decade to pursue pure dialogue, philosophy and experimentation. As Irwin explored the nature of materials, light, and perception itself, he made his living as a gambler at the racetrack and as a beloved teacher, nurturing the talents of a diverse group of now-famous artists including Chris Burden, Ed Ruscha and Vija Celmins.

In an art world dominated by spectacle, Irwin’s installations transform our experience of being in the world using the simplest of materials. His unconventional – and often ephemeral – projects resist categorisation and defy commodification; ‘catching lightning in a bottle’ is the artist’s favorite metaphor for what he does. From his early experiments with biofeedback to his dazzling experiential installation in Marfa, Texas, Irwin’s career has been defined by radical gestures that investigate the value of human sensory experience in a world that is becoming increasingly mechanized. 

The screening is followed by a conversation with author Lawrence Weschler. Additional screenings from Friday 27 October.
The screening is presented in partnership with Pace Gallery.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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