James Turrell

Concerned mostly with light and space, Turrell’s works aim to take snapshots of isolated light and give them value within a space. He achieves this mostly by creating square holes in the walls of purpose built pavilions, usually to the sky, such as in ‘Deer Shelter’ at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.



The hole in the ceiling perfectly frames an uninterrupted square of sky, shifting all focus to it. Whilst this gives it value, it also adds an ephemerality to the piece. As the sky changes, so does the space; changing light, visibility, even climate – Rain falls straight into the space from above creating a physical and involving environment, similarly a hot climate can create a totally different space. This interactive, ephemeral change is something I hope to incorporate in my own work.