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James Turrell

James Turrell

(Los Angeles, California, 1943 -)

James Turrell (born 1943 in Los Angeles, CA) is an american artist based in Los Angeles. He received a BA degree from Pomona College in perceptual psychology in 1965. In 1966, Turrell began experimenting with light in his Santa Monica studio by covering the windows and only allowing prescribed amounts of light from the street outside to come through the openings, Turrell created his first light projections. His present works defy the accelerated habits of people, especially when looking at art. Turrell feels that viewers spend so little time with the art that it makes it hard to appreciate.

Tollyn, 1990-91

aquatint on handmade paper (350g)

42 1/8 in. x 29 3/4 in.

Tollyn is part of “First Light” which is a twenty-part retrospective of the artist’s planned projected-light installations of 1966–67. While other works on paper are “about” his installation work, Turrell has said, First Light is uniquely “like” his work. In order to create this piece Turrell collaborated with a master printer known for his work with aquatint, a technique that allows for the use of tone rather than line; here, a rainbow of grays creates a dramatic sense of light, darkness, and space.

 

[description:] white two point perspective elongated vertical rectangle floating in a black room. The rectangle is close to the floor. The floor and individual walls are well defined.

 

Juke, 1990-91

aquatint on handmade paper (350g)

42 1/8 in. x 29 3/4 in.

Juke is part of “First Light” which is a twenty-part retrospective of the artist’s planned projected-light installations of 1966–67. While other works on paper are “about” his installation work, Turrell has said, First Light is uniquely “like” his work. In order to create this piece Turrell collaborated with a master printer known for his work with aquatint, a technique that allows for the use of tone rather than line; here, a rainbow of grays creates a dramatic sense of light, darkness, and space.

 

[description:] white two point perspective elongated vertical rectangle floating in a black room. The rectangle is close to the floor. The floor and individual walls are well defined.

 

Munson, 1990-91

aquatint on handmade paper (350g)

42 1/8 in. x 29 3/4 in.

Munson is part of “First Light” which is a twenty-part retrospective of the artist’s planned projected-light installations of 1966–67. While other works on paper are “about” his installation work, Turrell has said, First Light is uniquely “like” his work. In order to create this piece Turrell collaborated with a master printer known for his work with aquatint, a technique that allows for the use of tone rather than line; here, a rainbow of grays creates a dramatic sense of light, darkness, and space.

 

[description:] white two point perspective cube floating in a black room. The cube is close to the floor. The floor and individual walls are well defined.

 

Altar, 1990-91

aquatint on handmade paper (350g)

42 1/8 in. x 29 3/4 in.

Altar is part of “First Light” which is a twenty-part retrospective of the artist’s planned projected-light installations of 1966–67. While other works on paper are “about” his installation work, Turrell has said, First Light is uniquely “like” his work. In order to create this piece Turrell collaborated with a master printer known for his work with aquatint, a technique that allows for the use of tone rather than line; here, a rainbow of grays creates a dramatic sense of light, darkness, and space.

 

[description:] white two point perspective pyramid floating in a black room. The pyramid is close to the floor. The floor and individual walls are well defined.