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The Cave of Making

Modern and Contemporary Art

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The Cave of Making

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Spencer Finch
American, born 1962

Date

2005

Medium

Fixtures, fluorescent lights, and transparent polycarbonate gels

Accession #

2005.284

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Location

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Description

Though primarily a sculptor, Spencer Finch has in recent years begun producing light installations that are often site-specific, including The Cave of Making, which comprises seven rows of single-strip T-8 fluorescent light fixtures. Finch re-creates the precise light condition at dawn at the entrance to the famous Paleolithic cave in Lascaux, France. Colored gels that cover the fluorescent tubes suggest both the morning sky outside the cave and the mineral pigments used for the cave paintings within, while the horizontal orientation of the work evokes the image of the sun rising above the horizon. The title is borrowed from W. H. Auden’s poem about the creative process.

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