Happy New Year 2015! I have a few exciting posts coming up for 2015 and can't wait to share them with you. Expect more regular posting.
I was very lucky to have been able to go to Canberra recently to visit family and see some amazing exhibitions. Today I want to talk about James Turrell's show "James Turrell: A Retrospective" 13 December 2014 – 8 June 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra. This is a paid exhibition costing $20.39- $45.88. The more expensive premium tickets are for experiencing 'Perceptual cell', which I unfortunately didn't get to do because it was booked out when I was there. Also note that 'Within without' is part of the permanent collection and can be viewed for free, this work is best viewed at dawn or dusk to fully appreciate the lighting effects.
So what did I think? I really loved seeing & experiencing both his earlier works through to his more recent immersive works. I also loved seeing other visitors have a sense of curiosity and wonder about the work. I loved the show so much I plan on seeing it again when I go back up to work on a commission and I hope to be able to get a ticket to the 'Perceptual cell'. Premium tickets are selling out fast so if you plan on going to Canberra try and book the tickets now otherwise you might miss out.
As photos were not allowed in the exhibition, here are some images and a video provided by NGA.
Within without 2010
Skyspace: lighting installation, concrete and basalt stupa, water, earth, landscaping
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© James Turrell
photograph: John Gollings
Bindu shards 2010
Perceptual cell: fiberglass and metal. Light program
420.8 x 653.1 x 607.1 cm (sphere)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2014
Image: National Gallery of Australia