The Easel

James Turrell: celestial encounters in light and space

A neat encapsulation of Turrell’s exploration of the perception of light. Early pieces used high intensity projectors but he soon moved to using natural light coming through specially designed apertures. Out of these came his renowned Skyscapes, enclosed rooms with an opening to the sky. “My work has no object, no image and no focus. You are looking at you looking … an experience of wordless thought”.