Tony DeLap is associated with the Light and Space movement and Finish Fetish (also called the L.A. Look). DeLap’s work is representative of the experimental atmosphere in the art world of the 1960s and 70s. Many artists experimented with industrial materials and techniques that were readily available locally in the aerospace industry. DeLap was also influenced by Optical art (Op art) experiments with optical illusions, and had a lifelong interest in magic. DeLap describes creating art as being similar to magicians performing their magic tricks. The appearance of the wall-sculpture HOOVA shifts based on how the shape of its exaggerated edge and interacts with the lighting. The jet-black surface visually flattens the object, in contrast to the curved and inclined wooden portion on the left. Intended to be seen from various angles and viewpoints, HOOVA reveals distinct facets of itself based on the viewer’s position. In addition to being an accomplished artist, DeLap was a dedicated educator. A foundational member of the Art Department, DeLap was a professor at the University of California, Irvine for 30 years.
Artist: Tony DeLap
Medium: Wood and acrylic on canvas
Type: Light and Space
Dimension: 42 x 33 x 5 1/4 in. (106.68 x 83.82 x 13.34 cm)
Collection: The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art
Copyright: © 2018 Tony DeLap