With the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and any major city for that matter, it’s incredibly difficult to find breathing room and a moment of relaxation that doesn’t involve scheduling in an appointment for a spa day or a massage. James Turrell’s career-expanding exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art infiltrates its audience into an exotic and intimate experience.
As one of the heads of the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 60s and 70s, James Turrell creates geometrically precise light installations that transcend the spatial boundaries of the art gallery and the minds of the people who interact with them. Turrell capitalizes on minimalistic permeations of line and light. He enables the viewer to remain in a seemingly dreamlike and meditative world by engaging with a projection of a white cube against a blank wall or by immersing the audience in a large cylinder-shaped room that alters between blinding pinks and icy blues. As James Turrell’s exhibit comes to a close at LACMA, his impact on the art world and on people’s subconscious is as immeasurable as the light with which he indulges our emotions.