Notes on Pleiades

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I was reading about James Turrell’s epic series of museum shows in The New York Times recently and brought back an experience I had of his work.

It’s simple enough: I follow The Mattress Factory on Twitter and they happened to tweet a picture of a James Pleiades (1983) floor getting repainted. The tweet was months and months ago, but I had such a profound reaction to the tiny, banal image they published, I pulled it off twitter, and put it on my desktop. It has been sitting there ever since.

Turrell_mattressFactory

It is a familiar enough scene: gallery walls must constantly be painted and repainted, and if you didn’t know this was a Turrell piece, it would hardly be of interest. However that is exactly why it made my jaw drop: because it drastically transformed every other sensory experience I had ever had of that room. (read more)

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