[...] Similarly, the show tracks Wheeler’s evolution from a precocious 1964 white-on-white painting with reflective “chips” in the four corners -- completed while the artist was still an undergraduate at the Chouinard Art Institute, though not a student of Irwin -- to his 1965 fabricated square of white-painted canvas on Plexiglas with a deeply beveled support and white neon tube around the back, giving it the appearance of floating on a cushion of light. By 1968, Wheeler had expanded his exploration. DW 68 VEN MCASD 11 is a large gallery of slightly foggy atmosphere that produces a pleasant if disorienting sensation as the edges of the room are somehow rendered indistinct by the structure of the space and hidden neon tubes. [...]
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