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London

James Turrell

Upcoming
Feb 11–Mar 27, 2020

Pace Gallery is honored to present a solo exhibition of new works by Light and Space master James Turrell at 6 Burlington Gardens.

Exhibition Details

James Turrell
Feb 11 – Mar 27, 2020

Gallery

6 Burlington Gardens
London

Above: James Turrell, Aquarius, Medium Circle Glass, 2019 © James Turrell

On view from 11 February to 27 March 2020, the exhibition marks the artist’s ninth solo presentation with Pace and features four new works from his Constellation series. Influenced by the notion of phenomenology in pictorial art, Turrell’s early work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with it, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception. These interactions became the foundation for Turrell’s later developed oeuvre, which evolved to an investigation of the immateriality of light itself.

With these new pieces, Turrell continues his exploration of technological possibilities combined with sensory practices and gradient colors. Presented in site-specific chambers, the works feature elliptical and circular shapes with a frosted glass surface animated by an array of technically advanced LED lights, which are mounted to a wall and generated by computer programming. The light changes are subtle and hypnotic, one color morphing into the next. The program runs on a loop that is imperceptible to the viewer, prompting a transcendental experience.

Since his earliest Projection Pieces (1966–69), Turrell’s exploration has expanded through various series, including Skyspaces (1974–), Ganzfelds (1976–), and perhaps most notably, his Roden Crater Project—an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone near Flagstaff, Arizona. Representing the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception, Roden Crater (1977-) is a controlled environment for the experience and contemplation of how we see light in varying contexts. With fundraising and construction already underway, the project, once completed, will contain 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels, offering a gateway to the contemplation of light, time and landscape.

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James Turrell

James Turrell has dedicated his practice to what he has deemed perceptual art, investigating the materiality of light. Influenced by the notion of pure feeling in pictorial art, Turrell’s earliest work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with light, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception.

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London — James Turrell, Feb 11–Mar 27, 2020