As light and space artist, the work of James Turrell consists of light projections or other sensuous, light-filled objects. The focus of his works is spectator’s experience of light and other sensory phenomena under specific conditions.
Perceptual Psychology – it is related to the pre-conscious innate aspects of the human cognitive system: perception; dealing with mental processes that we use in our everyday living like problem solving, decision making or memorising.
Representing the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception, Roden Crater is a controlled environment for the experiencing and contemplation of light.
Roden Crater is Land Art Project focusing on the idea of Moving towards a New Landscape
“My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience.” James Turrell @ http://rodencrater.com/about/
It can be described as geographic framing devices or naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for viewing and experiencing sky-light, solar, and celestial phenomena.
Turrell is influenced by the idea of landscape without horizon, where there is no left, no right, no up, no down, almost as in removing the gravity; the world we are moving into is like analogous to the typology of cyber space.
Informed by other above-ground observatories for specific celestial events, the language of this work is about the empowerment of the viewer – material light to work immediately on the perception.