Doug Wheeler | the artist




The artist Doug Wheeler
Born 1939, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Sculpture Objects,


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Doug Wheeler
I never worried so much about permanence because I make things that you experience, and then itís in your mind. Most of my stuff is site specific or site-related, but I feel thatís what we do in life. We have first-hand experiences, and those are the ones we donít forget. They stay with us and hopefully theyíre meaningful enough that theyíre with you the rest of your life. Thatís pretty much what Iíve always been after. Iíve always tried to do that stuff that has an effect on you that you never forget the first time…

Doug Wheeler
If Turrell was the set-designer of light-driven installations, then Wheeler was the guy who understood that Ďthe setí wasnít limited to the stage or one wall, that it could take over an entire environment. (This is a concept that Turrell has taken to extremes in the Arizona desert.) If Irwin was a master of subtle art that builds to a low, intense burn, then Wheeler was the guy who realized that if you controlled an entire space, that you could ratchet up the intensity level right away…

Doug Wheeler
Wheeler’s “Encasement” is made of plastic with neon lights embedded along its sides. Hung on the wall of a darkened room of precise proportions, its square form appears to float…



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