PRINT October 1967

James Turrell: Projected Light Images

JAMES TURRELL WAS BORN IN Los Angeles, California, in 1943; he currently lives in Santa Monica, California. Turrell’s images are projected from a slightly modified, but standard, high intensity projector positioned on the gallery ceiling. No attempt is made to conceal the projectors, and as a consequence of the intensity of the projected light image, it is not necessary for the gallery to be in absolute darkness. His monochromatic images consist of simple geometric configurations, for example, a square or a rectangle. In some instances, the overall geometric shape is modified by the removal of a smaller either similar or dissimilar geometric shape from one corner. In any event, each image is unique. The borders are crisply defined, and the internal field of the image is usually flat and without divisive incident.1

The overall size varies from configuration to configuration, but the majority

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