American artist Dan Graham expresses a central concept of contemporary art in his sculptures: What is the role of the spectator in the encounter with this artwork?
His solution specifically addresses the sculptural structure itself.
In his glass and mirror-walled pavilions, the spectator becomes aware of both his physical position and his relationship with the sculpture's transparent and reflective walls. At the same time, the spectator sees himself reflected in the sculpture and in the same environment surrounding the artwork. This also emphasizes the private and public spheres of our lives. Dan Graham considers his pavilions instruments, by which the spectator can both see and be seen. This experiential process means the artist also refers to himself as a photojournalist.
Dan Graham has worked with many different media. He works with photography, film and video, and he has completed installation and performance art. All his artwork reflect his interest in interiors and exteriors, how these interact, and how we react to these variations.
The key feature of the sculpture at Lyngvær in the Municipality of Vågan is the surrounding scenery reflected on the sculpture's walls, as well as the spectator's position. Nor has the artist shied away from contemporary life and the heavily trafficked road passing by the sculpture's location.
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