James Turrell at FOG Design + Art

james turrell at fog


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

At FOG Design + Art from 17-20 January 2019, Pace Gallery will present ceramic and cabinetry works by James Turrell. While Turrell is best known for his monumental and ambitious works engaging the properties of light and space, Pace’s presentation at FOG will reveal an underappreciated facet of his practice. The core of Pace’s FOG exhibition is the artist’s Lapsed Quaker Ware series—rarely-exhibited works that Turrell made in collaboration with Irish ceramicist Nicholas Mosse and with cabinet maker Bill Burke. The Lapsed Quaker Ware presentation will also be accompanied by several of the artist’s archival prints.

In this collaboration with potter Nicholas Mosse and cabinet maker Bill Burke, James Turrell created a line of ceramics inspired by connections made to pottery he had seen as a child growing up in a Quaker community (p. 194). The works are of black basalt and white saltglaze.

Image: James Turrell, LQW Wall Unit, 1998, (c) James Turrell. © James Turrell.