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James Turrell «Perceptual Cell»
James Turrell, «Perceptual Cell», 1991
Photography | Photograph: Michael Herling / Aline Gwose | © James Turrell

United States | 125*239,2*135 cm (W*H*D) | Wahrnehmungszelle, Neonröhren in Rot, Blau, Grün, Stroboskoplicht, Tongenerator, Helligkeitsregler | Archive / Collection: Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover | interactive environment

 James Turrell

b 1943 in Los Angeles (USA); 1965 received a B.A. in experimental psychology at Pormona College in Claremont, CA; afterwards he studied in the graduate program at the University of California in Irvine; 1973 received his M.A. in art from Claremont Graduate School; lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona (USA) and Inishkeame (IRL).
James Turrell is regarded as one of the american key artists of the post-war period. His use of light as a material has made him a legendary international artist. James Turrell is part of a loosely grouped, Los Angeles-based movement known as Light and Space artists. Like Conceptual artists, Light and Space artists were interested in shifting the viewer's awareness away from autonomous pictures and objects towards the infrastructural process of looking at art. Turrell´s installations use light to create unusual spaces where light can look solid and make objects appear to float.