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James Turrell’s Light and Space Creations

Pomona College is celebrating the creation of James Turrell’s first public installation in Southern California, which stands outdoors on the school’s Claremont campus. The campus’ Museum of Art holds an affiliated event: a yearlong exhibition of college alum Turrell’s work. “Gathered Light” is among the pieces on view there. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
Turrell says: “Light is a physical thing. But we don’t treat it that way or think of it that way.” His attempts to change such thinking are on view at Pomona College’s Museum of Art. Here, visitors encounter “End Around.” (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
James Turrell’s public installation on the Pomona College campus is called “Dividing the Light.” It’s a pavilion-like structure, its steel canopy framing a square of sky. (Carlos Puma)
The canopy ceiling of Turrell’s “Dividing the Sky” is softly illuminated by hidden lights. Consequently, the sky visible through the roof becomes almost velvety. It’s just one way in which Turrell uses light to play with perceptions. Beneath a cloudy sky, the artist, far left, chats with visitors. (Carlos Puma)
A visitor pauses in front of Turrell’s “Gathered Light,” shown in Pomona College’s Museum of Art. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
“From the very beginning,” artist James Turrell says, “I was very interested just in light, and art seemed to be a way to work with it. If you think about art, if you look at Rembrandt and Vermeer and Caravaggio, if you look at Turner and Constable and all the Impressionists and the Hudson River School, there’s a tradition of light in art, especially painting.” He poses here with his work “End Around.” (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
James Turrell is an influential member of Southern California’s first internationally recognized art movement, known, for perhaps obvious reasons, as Light and Space art. Here, a visitor absorbs Turrell’s “Silent Leading” in Pomona College’s Museum of Art. The exhibition of Turrell’s work continues through May 17, 2008. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)