Environmental Light Installation with Boy by Edward Hoover
When someone takes a photo of another person’s art, can the photo then be considered art itself? My personal opinion is that in most cases it can, but this is a debate that will never be settled, much like the never ending film vs digital debate. In the end, I don’t think it’s possible to come up with a definition for art which is probably why I love it so much. It’s art when the artist says so, as long as they can explain why.
The above photo was taken at one of my favorite museums in DC, the beloved Hirshhorn. According to the photographer’s notes, the boy above is mesmerized by Dough Wheeler’s Eindhoven, Environmental Light Installation (1969). The amazing color sucks me in like an alien’s tractor beam – I just can’t stop staring at it. The repetitious rectangles rely on each other to draw the viewer in because without one, the other would have no meaning. Finally the punctuation, the exclamation point, in this case the silhouetted boy, is added to the end of the sentence and the photo becomes whole. It almost looks like the boy is about to dive into a vast sea of blue.