James Turrell Quotes

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James Turrell Quotes

I wanted the light to be the revelation. It has to do with what we value. I want people to treasure light.
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We eat light, drink it in through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically. I like feeling the power of light and space physically because then you can order it materially. Seeing is a very sensuous act-there's a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something.

— James Turrell

Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it. But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile ... I like to work with it so that you feel it physically, so you feel the presence of light inhabiting a space.

— James Turrell

I've always felt that night doesn't fall. Night rises. There are these incidences in flying where you just sit there. It's one of the best seats in the house.

— James Turrell

We live within this reality we create, and we're quite unaware of how we create the reality. So the work is often a general koan into how we go about forming this world in which we live, in particular with seeing.

— James Turrell

I'm interested that light has thingness itself, so it's not something that reveals something about other things you're looking at, but it becomes a revelation in itself.

— James Turrell

I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it ... my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing.

— James Turrell

We think of color as a thing that we're receiving. And if you go into one of the Skyspaces, you can see that it's possible to change the color of the sky. Now, I obviously don't change the color of the sky, but I changed the context of vision.

— James Turrell

We create the reality in which we live.

— James Turrell

Remember technology does not make good work. You can still write a poem on a brown paper bag, and haiku is just as profound as the pyramids.

— James Turrell

It was important that people come to value light as we value gold, silver, paintings, objects.

— James Turrell

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