Interested in ambiguities of perception, Southern California Minimalist Tony DeLap has sought to challenge conceptions of abstraction and illusion for over five decades. Featuring a selection of sculptures, drawings, hybrids, paintings and photographs of noted site-specific sculptures, this exhibition provides a comprehensive look at this distinguished artist's long career.
"OMA is excited to mount this Tony DeLap exhibition on focused on the career of one of the most important pioneers of West Coast minimalism and Op Art that consistently challenges his audiences with perceptions of reality. DeLap displays meticulous artistic craftsmanship and the mind of a master illusionist." - Daniel Foster, OMA Executive Director
Recognized as one of the foundational figures in the rise of Minimalism and Optical Art (OpArt) on the West Coast in the 1960s and 70s, Tony DeLap's early sculptural work from the 1960s features key characteristics unique to Minimalism including elemental shapes like octagons or rectangles, and a handmade, reductive approach to object making. In contrast to his East Coast Minimialist contemporaries such as Donald Judd and Carl Andre who embraced industrial fabrication of objects, DeLap chose to retain an important sense of the unique, singular piece. This exhibition will feature a collection of seminal early pieces including his painted constructions such as Four Dots (1962) that explore DeLap's consistent dedication to the formal concerns surrounding Minimalism: real and implied physical space, modular and repetitive systems, size, color and materials.