Dan Graham
Two-Way mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth  1994
tubular stainless-steel frame, perforated stainless-steel panels, laminated glass, arborvitae
Collection Walker Art Center
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1994

  Conceptual artist Dan Graham entered the contemporary art scene in 1966 with his influential piece Homes for America, which combined photos and text to convey the Minimalist strategy behind the modest facades of suburban housing developments. Equally well-known for his essays and interactive video works, his sculptures and installations exist on the cusp between art and architecture.

Graham's work, Two-way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth, a permanent installation in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, is a large geometric maze of transparent and reflective surfaces punctuated with stamped aluminum walls and natural shrubbery. As in his previous video pieces and installations, the processes of seeing and being seen are central in this work. By using the standard materials of modernist architecture, Graham stresses the relationships and differences between interior and exterior, personal and public spaces.

Following the high ideals of modernist architecture, Graham's installation invites the blurring of distinctions: the transparent surfaces allow viewers to see and be seen by each other and the reflective surfaces become utterly responsive to the natural world, changing according to the motion of clouds and sun.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

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