Robert Morris “Untitled”

Since I have been named Towson U’s unofficial “minimalist advisor”, I would be remiss not to at least briefly mention how the Minimalist movement of the 60s started to provide ground work for many future explorations in site-specificity.  This can be most clearly seen in Robert Morris work “Untitled“, pictured below.  The work consisted of four mirrored cubes that the audience walked around.   In this piece Morris was drawing attention to the audience’s body in relation to the work and space, how each interacted with the objects and surroundings.  He hoped to “…confuse the interior space of a work with the exterior circumstances of their presentation.”  In other words, he wanted to create a sense of feeling both inside and outside of the geometric object being presented to bring into question how audience interaction and awareness of one’s own body influences interpretation and experience.  Of this Morris states his goal as “…amplifying the viewers’ continually shifting position while redefining his perception of ‘real space’.”

I wonder if fun house carnival mirror rooms came before or after this.  Untitled 1965, reconstructed 1971 by Robert Morris born 1931