Write Around PAM: Dan Flavin

Image description: Untitled (to Donna) 2, 96 ¼ x 96, fluorescent light. An installation of fluorescent lights positioned in a corner consisting of two bright yellow lights running horizontally at floor and knee level and two fluorescent lights running horizontally at each end with the light component facing the wall. The horizontal lights are bright blue at the right and mauve at the left. All four lights cast their colors on the corner walls and floor.

Artist Dan Flavin used only fluorescent tube lights arranged to create light, color, and space. He explained, “One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.” untitled (to Donna) 2 illuminates a corner on the second floor of the Modern and Contemporary Wing, where it has been a long-time visitor favorite. Its interplay of pink, blue, and yellow invites us to stay for a while and notice what light does to the surrounding walls, floor, and spaces. As days lengthen, but winter holds on, this work invites us to contemplate light and its effects. Notice how the energy of this piece might enter the energy of your pen on paper.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can use one, both or neither. Just set a timer for 11 minutes and see what comes.

Between the lights… / Beyond the frame…

Dan Flavin, untitled (to Donna) 2, 1971, fluorescent light, Museum Purchase: National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Plan Grant, with matching funds provided by the Contemporary Art Council, © 2016 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 81.53

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