I apprehend light - I make events that shape or contain light.

James Turrell

James Turrell

Profession: Artist
Nationality: American

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The works of previous artists have come from their own experiences or insights but haven't given the experience itself. They had set themselves up as a sort of interpreter to the layman... Our interest is in a form where you realize that the media are just perception.

The Quakers don't believe in music or art; they think it's a vanity.

My mother did not have a toaster oven and would toast bread in the oven, which I thought was stupid. They didn't do cars and electricity, that kind of stuff.

From the very beginning, I was very interested just in light, and art seemed to be a way to work with it.

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.

My art has no object, no image, no point of focus.

Art does, to some extent, follow economics.

Las Vegas is about distraction.

I feel my work is made for one being, one individual. You could say that's me, but that's not really true. It's for an idealized viewer.

The cardones cactus is very similar to saguaro cactus in Arizona. These cacti only grow in very specific, particular places.

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 aren't many artists who can feel sorry for me.

I'm interested in light. It's a very direct, pragmatic, American, rather naive approach.