Mel Bochner's Measurement Room at Dia:Beacon
Beacon, NY – July 18, 2019 – On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Mel Bochner’s first Measurement Room, Dia Art Foundation has commissioned the artist to create a new, large-scale work from the series this fall at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. In 1969 Bochner’s Measurement Room—which meticulously recorded the dimensions of a gallery in tape across the surface of its walls—was presented as part of his first solo show, Measurements, at Dia cofounder Heiner Friedrich’s Munich gallery. The new site-specific installation is based on an unrealized work titled No Vantage Point: Eye Level Cross-Section of a Room, whichwas conceptualized for Galerie Heiner Friedrich in 1969, following the Measurements exhibition. Bochner’s Measurement Room: No Vantage Point opens November 9, 2019, at Dia:Beacon and will remain on view for a year.
“In the Measurement series, Bochner challenges the idea of the rarefied art object, proposing that the space of the gallery itself can also have experiential aesthetic value,” said Alexis Lowry, Curator, Dia Art Foundation. “While these works mathematically describe the architecture of the room, they also irreverently reveal the limitations of such descriptive terms. The viewer has a sense of walking into a three-dimensional blueprint, where the information recorded on the walls overlaps with our visual experience, blurring the real and perceptual boundaries of the space.”
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Installation view: Mel Bochner, Measurement Room: No Vantage Point, 1969/2019, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. © Mel Bochner. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York