“Eye hath not seen”

James Turrell: A Retrospective
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

A Santa Monican to begin with, making observations of the light. Observations of these observations are another category, a subset.

Light enters a room, properties thereof.

The eye similarly.

Thus the candid studies on a wall, or fabricated (Ganzfeld etc.). Skyscapes, retinal studies, the latter on a monumental scale (Roden Crater, Light Reignfall, 2011).

What the eye creates for the mind to receive in response to light is a special study, Turrell fabricates color modulations and geometric patternings that are visible only as kaleidoscopic afterimages and phosphenes on the flickering optical field of his light chamber.


James Turrell, Key Lime, 1994