James Turrell is a renowned American artist that in the last two decades created a series of fifteen “Autonomous Structures”, each intended to challenge the viewer’s experience of light.
The series stemmed from Turrell’s 1970s conversion of the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona, into an observatory. Each structure was created to emulate the crater’s chamber by hosting either a “skyspace” – a small opening facing the sky, or a “ganzfeld” – a dissolving field of light that immerses a space in a luminous haze. Turrell, a pilot who has over twelve thousand hours’ flying experience, takes his inspiration from the sky, saying “my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity – that physical feeling and power that space can give.”
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James Turrell has had over 160 solo exhibitions worldwide since 1967, including the three-venue museum exhibition presented concurrently at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2013. For over three decades, James Turrell has used light and indeterminate space—not objects or images—to extend and enhance perception. James Turrell’s work can been seen in over 70 international collections. Since 1968, when Turrell received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the artist has been receipts numerous awards.
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