Now a resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, Turrell began his career in California in the 60's. Currently, he is overseeing the completion of his most important work - Roden Crater.
Roden Crater is a project purchased with funds from the Guggenheim Foundation, and Turrell is tranforming the crater "into a space whose art is as much in the light of space and objects as it is in the spaces created in the crater."
Turrell was born in Los Angeles in 1943, studied psychology and math at Pomona College (outside LA), and then pursued art as a graduate student at Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. He is an accomplished artist, with work all over the United States (including the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas).
"Informed by his studies in perceptual psychology and optical illusions, Turrell’s work allows us to see ourselves 'seeing.' Whether harnessing the light at sunset or transforming the glow of a television set into a fluctuating portal, Turrell’s art places viewers in a realm of pure experience."
Roden Crater, East Portal Entryway
James Turrell, http://www.greenmuseum.org/content/artist_index/artist_id-11.html, Greenmuseum.org 2008, Last Viewed: January 29, 2009.
Art:21. Public Broadcast Service, http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/turrell/index.html, Last Viewed: January 29, 2009.
- Bradley Angell