JAMES TURRELL Garage Center of Contemporary Culture Moscow, Russia June 11 – August 21
From June 11 to August 21, Moscow's contemporary culture center “Garage” invites visitors to view the first solo exhibition in Russia of the American artist and creator of light installations, James Turrell (1943).
The exposition is a retrospective of the artist's 40 years of creative work and is comprised of 15 sculptures: early works from the second half of the 1960's, his first experiments with light projects and, especially noteworthy – his hallucination phenomena inducing the Ganzfeld installation “Purusa” (2011) and Perceptual Cell “Light ReignFall”, which will be shown for the first time.
The artist received a baccalaureate degree in psychology and mathematical studies in 1964, at Pomona College in Claremont, California. This nontraditional choice of studies before his master's in art at the University of California, Ervine, urged James Turrell to focus on creating art through the study of human perception, continuing to use light as a constant material and source of inspiration in his painting and sculptures.
In his 40-plus year creative career, James Turrell has escalated numerous opportunities using visible light as a perceptive media. The installation sculptor uses the frequencies of visible light as a distinct source material for sculpture, carefully weaving them into a homogenous form which the human brain perceives as colors. Rays of light that illuminate objects, revealing their form and material structure, divulge their essence. Light has the ability to give a room character and to influence its content. Light and color therapy can influence a person's behavior and psyche. It has been long known that sunlight positively influences emotional well-being, as does induced white light.
Working with cosmological phenomena, the artists plays with the wealth of knowledge that has provoked man to worldly thought and reverence since the dawn of civilization. It is in Turrell's power to bring the heavens down to earth; his carefully projected environment acts as a catalyst in the viewers' self-study of the phenomena of perception. Depicting the fleeting and uncontrollable characteristics of light, Turrell constructs interactive works of art that are not only available for viewing, but that also give the viewer an experience of the senses.
James Turrell has received many prestigious awards, including scholarships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.