The Substance of Light
Anyone who immerses themselves in James Turrell’s light spaces enjoys a magical experience: the coloured, changing light makes the room seem endless. Born in 1943 in Los Angeles, Turrell took an avid interest in flying at an early age. Today, he describes the skies as his studio, his material, his canvas. In the 1960s, influenced by minimal art and land art, he employed a range of techniques to give the immaterial light a physical presence. ‘The Substance of Light’ at the Museum Frieder Burda is an exhibition conceived in close cooperation with the artist himself.
Over five decades, Turrell’s work has combined conceptual thinking, science, technology and spirituality to create a unique art form: the artwork takes shape through the perception of the observer, which becomes so focused that he, in Turrell’s words, “can see his own seeing”. + read the complete article by Judith Irrgang (Collection Frieder Burda) in the latest issue of ArtLight +
| James Turrell | Ganzfeld APANI« Venice Biennial 2011 | Installation, LED, 16 x 12 x 6 m | © James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr |
| James Turrell | Skyspace Stonescape | © James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr |