Pashgian's "Primavera" Is a Sculpture That Can't Be Photographed
|Helen Pashgian, Primavera, 2021. Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College
Pashgian is rethinking Robert Irwin's disks of the late 1960s. Irwin's aluminum disks were illuminated by four spotlights arrayed in space, making the disk's circumference nearly imperceptible. Here Pashgian works with time: the Light and Space "slow time" is fast-forwarded. The artist's title conjoins Botticelli's eternal spring with a premonition of decay and a natural cycle out of balance. When the house lights come up, the green spring is a dandelion head gone to seed.