James Turrell – space


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James Turrell is an American artist who works with light and space, engaging viewers to wonder at human perception….New York writer Calvin Tompkins writes – ” his work is not about light or a record of light, it is light – the physical presence of light made manifest in sensory form”.

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From Turrell’s own website –
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James Turrell is an artist I discovered whilst doing my BA Hon’s. His perception of his work is described as creating a space for the “awareness of you looking at the awareness of you”…. incredibly profound interms of the philosophical view that you are life… You are life and the now itself… the viewer and the viewed. I enjoy his work for his insight in to the aspects of space, light and colour.  Why does James use coloured light to highlight the space???

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James explains in an interview for Popular Science online –

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James has a knowledge of light and colour from years of investigating, but he also has a deeper understanding that it is the eye of the seer… as he ends his interview with the insight that…

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James Turrell has spiritual insight into the use of colour and light…. he senses intuitively that their is a mystery involved, that we haven’t quite solved yet. His audience in America and internationally is huge… because he has touched upon the core of something deeper than our conventional thinking expresses at this time. The effect of space, light and colour has a profound effect on our being. We are and have been catching up on this insight with in the NHS – it just took us a little longer 🙂 .


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