The Infinite Light Tunnels of Ivan Navarro’s 13 Doors

Ivan Navarro, whose sculptures often employ fluorescent tubes, is thought to be one of the most important Chilean artists. The piece depicted in the following photos is titled Death Row and was seen in “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art”, an exhibition that toured through seven Latin America museums.

Death Row is a series of 13 doors made up of a rainbow of mirrors and neon lights. When a person looks into one of these doors they’re treated to what seems like an infinite tunnel of light. Artmag, in a piece about Navarro, very aptly analyzes Death Row’s potential meaning:

“While the light tunnels of Death Row can be viewed as a metaphor for the transition into the Other World, they can also be associated with the hermetically closed doors of prison wings, with death sentences, ‘disappearing,’ torture, and isolation.”

Read more about Death Row and Navarro, as well as how Death Row is a kind of response to a series of paintings by Ellsworth Kelly, at Artmag here.

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