James Turrell & Hess Wines

James Turrell & Hess Wines

Written by Joss Sackler

THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF
ART & ARCHITECTURE & WINE

  


 

James Turrell:
architectural lighting as art.

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LIGHT & WINE

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James Turrel is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space.
Colome is a place where you find wine and art intrinsically interconnected. The James Turrell Museum in Colome, Argentina is devoted to trompe l’oeil light installations by the American artist. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984, and the museum that houses his work in Colome belongs to the Hess Art Collection. At the winery, Hess produces organic wine at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The museum opened in 2009 and is the only one in the world solely dedicated to the work of the artist. The building itself takes up 18,000 square feet and is divided into nine rooms. Each room is designated to a specific installation which can only be described as a total immersion of color and light.

 

The installations exhibited at the Turrell museum represent five decades of the artist’s career. Like a timeline, the light art pieces are displayed in a progression across the nine rooms. The experience ends with one of Turrell’s skyspaces. In the 1970s, Turrell began his series of “skyspaces” —enclosed spaces open to the sky through an aperture in the roof. A Skyspace is an enclosed room large enough for roughly 15 people. Inside, the viewers sit on benches along the edge to view the sky through an opening in the roof. The skyspace at Colome is created within the inner courtyard of the museum and culminates with the views of the Andean sky at dawn and sunset. Turrell engineers natural light to coincide with artificial lighting to produce an artistic experience of light and space.

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“MY WORK IS MORE ABOUT YOUR SEEING THAN IT IS ABOUT MY SEEING, ALTHOUGH IT IS A PRODUCT OF MY SEEING”

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