Study For Aten Reign By James Turrell (All Photos and Video By Gail)
Why do people go apeshit over James Turell’s colored light installations? Because they can. At least that is my excuse. Happily, Pace Gallery is currently hosting 67 68 69 — a two-venue exhibition of Turrell’s landmark light projections from the late 1960s. Yay!
67 68 69 is the first exhibition in more than a decade to focus exclusively on Turrell’s first light works. The exhibition includes a selection of early light works, and a ton of schematic drawings by Turrell from the late 1960s, highlighting the artist’s investigation of color, light, perception and space.
Above, please enjoy a video that I took, also featuring a special appearance by Geoffrey, in the room with the Green Light Thing.
Here is some backstory on the genesis of these works from Pace Gallery’s website:
Upon moving into a vacated hotel in Santa Monica in 1966, James Turrell began experimenting with high-intensity projectors, using them to modulate space and the eyes’ perception of it. The result of these endeavors was his corner projections, the artist’s first significant works using light as a medium to create the appearance of free-floating, three-dimensional objects suspended in the corners of a room.
I need to still make a visit to Pace on 57th Street to see the rest of these, because one of those is light sculptures is Pink.
James Turrell 67 68 69 will be on Exhibit Through June 17th, 2016 at Pace Gallery, Located at 534 West 25th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District (where all of these photos were taken) and at 32 East 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.