On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Like many of his contemporaries, Peter Alexander experimented with innovative techniques for casting plastic resins, using materials that were newly available on the market in the second half of the 1960s. This slender vertical sculpture is made of polyester resin and, like many that Alexander made during the late 1960s and early 1970s, it plays with the prismatic effects produced by light reflecting off and passing through translucent resins. The work leans against the wall and has a triangular cross-section. The two facets that are directed towards the viewer are highly polished, while the rear facet retains the roughly textured finish produced by the casting process. As light passes through the piece, a halo of golden light and pattern is thrown onto the wall behind and around the piece, dematerializing both the sculpture and its surroundings.