James Turrell: 67 68 69 presented at Pace



For over three decades, Turrell has used light and indeterminate space — not objects, nor images — to extend and enhance perception. His inspiration draws from astronomy, physics, architecture and theology.

“I am really interested in the qualities of one space sensing another. It is like looking at someone looking. Objectivity is gained by being once removed. As you plumb a space with vision, it is possible to ‘see yourself see’. This seeing, this plumbing, imbues space with consciousness.” James Turrell.

Pace presents 67 68 69, a two-venue exhibition of Turrell’s landmark light projections from the late 1960s. The exhibition is on view until 18 June 2016, spanning Pace’s galleries at 32 East 57th Street and 534 West 25th Street.

67 68 69 is the first exhibition in more than a decade to focus exclusively on Turrell’s first light works. The exhibition includes a selection of early light works and schematic drawings by the artist from the late 1960s, highlighting his investigation of colour, light, perception and space.

Upon moving into a vacated hotel in Santa Monica in 1966, Turrell began experimenting with high intensity projectors, using them to modulate space and the eyes’ perception of it. The result of these endeavours was his corner projections, the artist’s first significant works using light as a medium to create the appearance of free-floating, three-dimensional objects suspended in the corners of a room.

The exhibition features Afrum, Turrell’s first projection. A projection of a cube floating in a corner, Afrum synthesizes Turrell’s interest in art history Suprematism especially—with more psychological and phenomenological pursuits. Variations of the work are included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

67 68 69 coincides with an exhibition of works by Turrell, which will inaugurate Pace’s new gallery in Palo Alto and be on view until July 30 and follows his unprecedented concurrent museum exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Image: Afrum, Pale Pink, 1968, projection, installation dimensions variable. Photograph by Florian Holzherr © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery