White Cube Bermondsey new exhibition 2 x 2 x 2 x 2, by the contemporary artist Robert Irwin, who is one of the prominent artist in recent American art. Irwin’s career has spanned more than six decades and has used a wide range of media during those years from painting and sculpture to installation and large-scale projects. His works are very Minimal and try to focus on specific spatial situations. The exhibition at the White Cube brings together three groups of his work, fluorescent works, transparent acrylic columns and a diptych. The exhibition takes up two rooms at the Gallery, the exhibition explores Irwin’s investigation of objects in space, and if they can create a relationship to the site in which they are placed.
In the North Gallery, you can view a set of Irwin’s instantly recognisable neon light tube works, these softly glowing lights wrapped in different patterns. In one room over, a black diptych, titled Black Painting, is similar to these light tubes and thickly coated in gloss, the surrounding space is then reflected clearly on its shiny surface. Irwin’s work historical work of the experiential colour field paintings like the artist Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt.
2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (Installation View), which is in the White Cube’s room one, is the exhibitions most sparse work, a set of transparent tubes which are piercing up from the floor. The most fascinating part about this piece, is the minimal intrusions it has on the space.
For the size of the space the work felt too bland,it was also lost in the size of the rooms, the work also lacked any newness to it and was very similar to work Robert Irwin has done for many years. There was nothing bold in the whole exhibition and you could quite easily forget about the work after walking into the next part of the gallery where Cerith Wyn Evans has an exhibition. Maybe its time for the White Cube to stop filling there spaces with ageing artist and let a less establish artist fill there rooms with work which deserves to be there.