All art is contemporary art because it had to be made when it was now.

James Turrell

James Turrell

Profession: Artist
Nationality: American

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I was waiting for L.A. to always become something important. I gave up... I left in 1974.

Light itself is a revelation.

There was a time when I restored antique planes to support my art habit.

I don't want you looking at the light fixture; I want you looking at where light goes. But more than that, I'm interested in the effect of light upon you and your perceptions.

You can't stop demographics. And show me a fence that ever worked. It didn't work at Hadrian's Wall. The Great Wall of China didn't work. The Berlin Wall.

I would describe Los Angeles as actually not having taste. In New York, there's taste. But you have to remember that taste is censorship. It's a form of restriction.

It is only when light is reduced that the pupil opens and feeling goes out of the eyes like touch.

I know that science is very interested in answers, and I'm just happy with a good question.

Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that.

I am interested in the physicality of light itself.

Light knows when you're looking at it.

I like to use light as a material, but my medium is actually perception. I want you to sense yourself sensing - to see yourself seeing.

In a way, light unites the spiritual world and the ephemeral, physical world. People frequently talk about spiritual experiences using the vocabulary of light: Saul on the road to Damascus, near-death experiences, samadhi or the light-filled void of Buddhist enlightenment.

It's difficult for people to visualize from my drawings what it's going to be, so I often find myself talking them into things that they go along with, and when they see what's been made, they are surprised.