Minimal Conditions explores the expansion of sculpture into phenomenal and perception-based practices in and around the Los Angeles area in the 1970s, establishing a key role for California Light and Space art in the development of minimal art toward dematerialization. Taking into consideration the contingent and embodied nature of the work by such artists as Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Doug Wheeler, Larry Bell, Eric Orr, and Maria Nordman, Schuld proposes and demonstrates a method of analysis that considers them not as discreet objects, but as diverse species of experience. In so doing, Schuld’s compelling study identifies perceptual, philosophical, and historical common ground shared by minimal artists working on both coasts and in the desert landscape.
Dawna L. Schuld teaches modern and contemporary art history in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. Her previous work has included contributions to books such as Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface and Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science.