GUEST POST: While I am in New York, Emily is filling in! She has been working very hard on the James Turrell skyspace dedication project, at Rice University, in Houston and I am so proud of what she has accomplished. Emily will take it from here and tell you more about the artist and the skyspace project.
James Turrell is an iconic figure within the contemporary art world for his pioneering use of light and space. Perhaps the most noted and best examples of Turrell’s craft lie within his skyspaces. Characterized by a sometimes square or round oculus in the roof, these contemplative, and typically small, spaces offer a calculated window to the sky. At sunrise and sunset a projection of LED light designed by Turrell, splashes onto the ceiling and contrasts the natural color shifts in the sky. As viewers sit in the space, looking upwards through the oculus, the sky appears at times to be gray, or pink, or even green. Turrell notes that he has captured the eyes perception, or reading of what is happening. He says that if you were to try and photograph what you are seeing, the camera image would not display the colors that your eye perceives.
On June 14th James Turrell’s newest skyspace, “Twilight Epiphany,” located on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas, will open to the public. This project has been, and will continue to be, a pleasure for me to be a part of. Later this year, a major retrospective of Turrell’s work and career will be exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, it will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in the Spring of 2013, to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. For more information on the artist, watch his profile filmed for the PBS series Art 21.
The new James Turrell skyspace in Houston
1. Roden Crater, an extinct volcano that the artist has been transforming into a skyspace since 1970.
2. Afrum (White), 1966
3. Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse, Houston Texas, 1995
4. Three Gems, 2005, de Young Osher Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA
5. Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse, Houston Texas, 1995
6. The Light Inside, 1999, Neon and ambient light , 132 x 246 x 1416 inches, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
7. & 8. Twilight Epiphany, 2012, Rice University