Spencer Finch: Rome (Pantheon , Noon, June 14, 2011)
At once grand and subtle, Spencer Finch’s light-based installations bridge an actual locale with a recalled memory. Rather than depict a scene’s physical contours, Finch evokes the moment and mood of a place by controlling the quality of light, color, or other sensory information. In this way, he translates one physical experience into an analogous aesthetic incident.
Finch links locales and actions which are in fact separated by time and space. This fall, Finch will evoke ancient Rome in seaside La Jolla with a reference to architecture of the Italian Pantheon. Within MCA’s Axline Court, Finch will recall the circular oculus of the Pantheon’s expansive dome. Finch intends to fashion a massive scrim-covered lens to filter the light of the Robert Venturi-designed lantern. This translucent disc will counter not only Venturi’s exuberant architecture, but will translate the California sunshine into the quality of light found at the Roman landmark.
Finch, whose work reflects the legacy of Light and Space, will present this site-specific installation concurrent with the historical exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. In addition to this architecturally-scaled work, Finch is planning a second project which will address the Museum’s two contrasting locations in La Jolla and San Diego.
Born in 1962, Finch earned a B.A. from Hamilton College in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. He has exhibited widely since the mid-1990s, including one-person shows at MASS MoCA and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Rome (Pantheon, noon, June 14, 2011)is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is sponsored by MCASD’s International Collectors. Related programs are supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.