I started out with projected-light works and working indoors, but I'd prepare the walls - by sanding, etcetera - the way you'd prepare a canvas for painting.

James Turrell

James Turrell

Profession: Artist
Nationality: American

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I wanted to deal with light directly rather than with paint.

If you take blue paint and yellow paint and you mix them, you get green paint. But if you take blue light and yellow light and mix them, you get white light. This is a shock to most people.

To some degree, to control light, I have to have a way to form it, so I use form almost like the stretcher bar of a canvas.

It's really terrific to see Pittsburgh recognize the Mattress Factory.

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.

I come from L.A. where there's a sense of show. But that's not a bad word in my mind. We say art 'show,' don't we? 'Show' implies entertainment.

Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it. But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile.

There is an idea, first of all, of vision fully formed with the eyes closed. Of course the vision we have in a lucid dream often has greater lucidity and clarity than vision with the eyes open.

If you just add all the time, add more and more light, it loses its meaning.

The people in L.A. do orient themselves to light. I used to call it 'Tan Fascist Culture.' Everyone there is tanned, wears dark sunglasses, looks like a movie star even when they're not.

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

I feel that I want to use light as this wonderful and magic elixir that we drink as Vitamin D through the skin - and I mean, we are literally light-eaters - to then affect the way that we see.

One way to understand light in the ocean of air is by flying it. Life in the air is an extension of perceiving.

The wonderful thing about being an artist in L.A. is that there is no taste. There's anarchy of taste, which seems good to me.