Here’s some pictures of one of my favourite artists, James Turrell.
Picture from James Turrell. ‘Spread’, 2003. Installation view, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. Fluorescent and neon light
In November 2010, I went to see an exhibition of Turrell’s at the Gagosian Gallery, London. Seeing an insallation by Turrell means being immersed in the light, colours, and atmosphere. I like art that makes you really think, contemplate, or look from different perspectives.
One of Turrell’s installations, called ‘Dhatu’, is a white room that you walk into, up some steps. The floor and walls seem to merge in a fluid curve, giving the illusion of an infinite space with no horizon. The lights are really mesmerising, changing colours smoothly and freely, lighting up the white space that surrounds the viewers. I felt totally relaxed whilst looking at the transient, beautiful, colours of light.
'For more than forty-five years, Turrell has explored the myriad possibilities of using light as a medium of perception. His formally simple works draw attention to the limits of seeing while seeking to expand the wordless thought that they provoke.' - Gagosian Gallery, London
Art has the ability to influence and affect the senses and emotions of the viewer. Turrell’s installation’s evoke feelings of tranquility, relaxation, and an overall sense of calm. That’s what attracted me to Turrell’s meditative light installations, and why I’m so in awe of his work.