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James Turrell, Present Tense
Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica (USA).
15.09 - 17.12.2011


















































































07.09 - 25.11.2012
































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Press release


Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition of work by James Turrell. In 1966, Turrell began experimenting with light in his Santa Monica studio, the Mendota Hotel. By covering the windows and only allowing prescribed amounts of light from the street outside to shine through the openings, Turrell created his first light projections. Shortly thereafter, he began using halogen projectors to beam light across darkened rooms into corner spaces. From a distance the projected shapes appeared solid, but as viewers moved closer the forms revealed themselves to be nothing more than light cast against ordinary flat walls. Two Projections, Carn White (1967) and Phantom Blue (1968), will be included in this exhibition.


In the main gallery, Present Tense, a Space Division Construction from 1991, will be on view. In this work, a room is divided into two spaces by a partition wall. The space the viewer enters is lit by tungsten bulbs shining directly onto the sidewalls, while fluorescent tubes fill the partitioned space with colored light visible through a rectangular aperture. In a sense this work reverses the illusion of the projection works. Instead of a two-dimensional space alluding to three, the partitioned three-dimensional space appears to be a flat shape from a distance, but is perceived to diffuse into a three-dimensional “mist” when approached by the viewer.


Also included in the exhibition will be Yukaloo, a new Wide Glass work. In these works, Turrell adds a temporal element to his perception-altering oeuvre. Each piece consists of a grid of LEDs behind a pane of etched glass. The LEDs are individually programmed to carry out a subtle shift in color over time, similar to the deliberate but beautiful fashion in which the sky changes from late afternoon to night.






















Exhibition September 15 - December 17, 2011. Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 2902 Nebraska Avenue - Santa Monica, CA 90404. Tel. 310 586 6886.






























James Turrell, Present Tense, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

James Turrell