Turner Contemporary is a unique backdrop for Dan Graham’s outdoor pavilion Two Cubes, One Rotated 45 degrees (1986), located on the gallery’s South Terrace.
This exterior pavilion by the renowned American artist is designed to be walked through and around and is inspired by the pleasure pavilions and gazebos popular in the nineteenth century. The use of glass and two-way mirrors alludes to modern office buildings but unlike corporate architecture, Graham’s pavilions are transparent and reflective both inside and out, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior space.
Influenced by Minimalist artists such as Sol Le Witt, Dan Flavin and Carl Andre, Graham became interested in architecture and the urban landscape in the 1960s. Much of his work since then has taken place outside the gallery and includes writing on art and rock music, photography, video, performance and sculpture. He is particularly known for his glass pavilions which have been installed in public locations all over the world.
Graham has described his work as ‘very social’ and ‘for children and parents on weekends’. He has previously designed two pavilions specifically for children, including one for an exhibition in Ghent in 1986. Two Cubes, One Rotated 45° is a scaled-up version of this pavilion and is loaned from the collection of the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais who are opening a new museum in Dunkirk this year.
A selection of Dan Graham’s architectural drawings will be displayed on our Ground Floor from 4 June to 6 October 2013.
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