DECEMBER 19, 2014 by admin
Sunny weather, good company, food, cocktails and most importantly, Mr James Turrell and his acclaimed perspective bending work.
We were not sure what to expect from the internationally loved American artist James Turrell when we were offered by The National Gallery of Australia to help in opening his exhibition to gallery members. From the photographs and videos we had seen, we knew it was going to be an experience through which light was given increased impact by sensory isolation and overload. It was however, much much more.
The entire experience of passing through the exhibition with our guests was one of almost stunned confusion. Most of the larger works were designed in such a way that upon entry, your automotive mind was immediately engaged in a desperate struggle to make sense of depth and space. The pieces in the dark rooms co-currently felt as though they were pressed against the surface of eyes whilst appearing distant and impossible. Single monochromatic colours imparted mood and changed space, while rooms which were lit only slightly above total darkness caused groups of onlookers to go quiet and feel distant from each-other. The interplay between art and observers was magical in that it was obvious.
Indentations became protrusions and mists became canvas. Beams of light stood out from flat surfaces in an incredible holographic fashion. The whole experience was utterly dazzling in a dreamy distorted sort of way.
Slow Turismo and PAINTonPAINT put on an excellent show outside the exhibition, with PoP finishing the evenings festivities in their classic fashion ( a communal blues hymn inside of James Turrell’s long time ‘Sky Space’ dome). We had fun throwing down some tunes too and we look forward to what wonders the NGA brings to Canberra next.
If you were not planning to visit James Turrell’s exhibition, we strongly suggest you reconsider. It is a truly unique experience.