James Turrel – Light Reignfall


James Turrell’s Light Reignfall @LACMA – Andrew van Baal

James Turrell’s Light Reignfall Light Reignfall is a work from his series of perceptual cells, inside the participant is exposed to a uniform homogenous field of modulated light. A combination of sensory overstimulation, yet deprived of recognisable forms or space, hallucinatory effects are experienced.

“Assisted by an attendant, an individual viewer enters a spherical chamber on a sliding bed. A program of saturated light (operated by a technician) surrounds the viewer for twelve minutes, allowing the visitor to experience the intense, multi-dimensional power of light and the complex seeing instrument of the human eye.”

“James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles), a key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition includes early geometric light projections, prints and drawings, installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of coloured light, and recent two-dimensional work with holograms. One section is devoted to the Turrell masterwork in process, Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention into the landscape just outside Flagstaff, Arizona, presented through models, plans, photographs, and films.”

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/james-turrell-retrospective

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2 thoughts on “James Turrel – Light Reignfall”

  1. Really interesting. I’m a big fan of James Turrell and hope I live long enough to visit Roden Crater.

    One thing that really makes me angry is what happened to his installation “Tending, (Blue)” here in Dallas. It was an incredibly well-done skyscape in a buried chamber at the Dallas Museum of Art. A developer (with city police and fire retirement funds) built a huge, tony skyscraper next to the museum (calling it, ironically, “Museum Tower) that extended into the view of the skyscape, destroying it. I wrote about it here:
    https://billchance.org/2011/09/21/the-end-of-tending-blue/

    Thanks for sharing.

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