Dan Flavin

Jamaica, New York 1933 - Riverhead, New York City 1996

Photo credit Fred W. McDarrah

These fluorescent tubes seemed to me to be a new world made from light. This was a marvelous territory to be explored. (...). It was religious art, without symbols, without rites, and without intermediaries; it was the direct and immediate presence of the supernatural, the way to the absolute. Light was no longer an illuminating body but manifested its true nature as pure energy: the least physical thing in a physical world.