Saturday, September 14, 2013

James Turrell's ‘It’s Not About Light—It Is Light’

James Turrell's Caper (Salmon-White), 2000, composed of LED and fluorescent
light, is installed in Houston’s Mies van der Rohe–designed glass pavilion.

A three museum, 3 city retrospective by living Los Angeles artist James Turrell is a tour-de-force of this artist's work, at LACMA in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Each institution is presenting the artist according to their cultural history and influences, yet each exhibit has on display works of print, drawings, models, and Turrell’s elusive, hallucinatory installations constructed entirely from white and colored light. His light displays are fantastic and mezmerizing, if not other worldly. Admission to his exhibits cost an additional charge, and are worth every penny of it. Walking into these fields of colored light leave you with a feeling that you have experienced something quite unique and special.
The memory of what I experienced at LACMA stays with me, and has changed my perception of what I see around me.