Film & Forum with Dorothy Tanner at the Museum of Outdoor Arts

Documentary produced by Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA Executive Director & President
Film by Heather Longway Photography

Presented Saturday, February 25th at 1:00 pm
Introduction by Todd Siler
Dorothy Tanner and their light-based artwork, known as “Lumonics”, spanning over 40-years. Following the film, Dorothy Tanner joined MOA Executive Director & President, Cynthia Madden Leitner and Todd Siler, artist/educator, on stage for a forum discussion about her and her late husband’s artistic journey. A reception with light refreshments in the gallery followed.

Robert Irwin, born Sept 12, 1928

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Robert Irwin in the studio working on an early line painting, 1962

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To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perceptions. 

Whenever you look at light, basically it's just air. It has no tactileness to it. It's totally without density. 

If you wanted to watch me work, it would be totally boring. It would look like a Warhol film where nothing happens. I sit for 24 hours, then I scratch myself. 

If I hold up a red square for 30 seconds and take it away, you will see a perfect green square. It's how the eye works. So if you want to paint a really good red painting, you have to strategically place in some green, so the eye is brought back. 

The whole thrust of modern art, as far as I understand it, is expanding the role of the artist as a kind of esthetician, someone who actually spends his time, is trained in a way to deal with qualities. 

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 Robert Irwin, Tergal voile, fluorescent bulbs, and framing materials (2015)

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Installation view of Robert Irwin:
Scrim Veil-Black Rectangle-Natural Light, Whitney

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 Robert Irwin (b. 1928), 115 fluorescent lights (2007)

Todd Siler

"Several decades ago I embarked on an adventure in aesthetics and creative inquiry, in which I integrated the arts and sciences with this expressed purpose: To explore the nature and work of A.R.T., or All Representations of Thought. Essentially, that encompasses everything our minds have produced in the History of Ideas, Inventions & Innovations. All this material can be used as “art works” that enhance our understanding of the world. It can also be creatively and wisely applied in inventing our collective future."
Todd Siler


”Genius is everywhere, everyday, in everyone, in everyway imaginable!“
 Todd Siler, friend, and author of Think Like a Genius.

toddsplitsecond2xSplit Second (2011)

Radical Futures (1993)

Metaphorms: Forms of Metaphor (1988)

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Otto Piene (April 18, 1928 – July 17, 2014)

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 Otto Peine, Director Emeritus of
the Visual Arts Center at MIT

Otto Piene was a German artist specializing in kinetic and technology-based art. He lived and worked in Düsseldorf; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Groton, Massachusetts.

Big thank you to Todd Siler, friend and author of Think Like a Genius, and former student of Otto Piene at the Visual Arts Center - Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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A leading figure in kinetic and technology-based art, Piene employs the use of light and the surrounding environment in his Light Ballet and Fire Paintings, and demonstrates the connection between art, nature, and science.

Otto Piene, The Proliferation of the Sun, 2014. Installation view Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. Photo: David von Becker.

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“More Sky” at The Nationalgalerie
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Otto Piene: Light Ballet and Fire Paintings, 1960-1967
Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY

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