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Light Paintings by James Turrell

I just had a fantastic weekend with my lady-lings (shout out to the lovely Timanda from 100LayerCake crowd) down in LA and came upon an interesting piece of art in the Mondrian. It reminded me of the work by James Turrell. Turns out, it is the same artist! Imagine that. At first glance, you may notice the square on the wall as a TV screen, light comes in and out of a range of fluorescent colors. But on closer inspection you realize that it’s actually a deep hole where the abstraction of depth challenges your idea of reality.

This is a view of the stairs leading up into the Turrell’s Ganzfeld piece (similar to the Mondrian but on a much larger scale sans stairs). Watch the video to see the full effect below if you wish.

"James Turrell" light installation art color

James Turrell is a master in his field. He is a master of light. He explores the diverse manifestations of this immaterial medium while working towards a new, space-defining form of light art. Light is used in his pieces as a way to change our perception of how surface, color and space interact. The result is the creation of a mysterious, painterly world that viewers are not only inspired to participate in, but sometimes walk right into.

"James Turrell" light installation art color
Bridget’s Bardo
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

"James Turrell" light installation art color
Bridget’s Bardo
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

James Turrell – The Wolfsburg Project – English subtitles from Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg on Vimeo.



photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

"james Turrell" light color
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

"james turrell" color space art
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

"james Turrell" light color
Skyspace // Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

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