Seeking to create “an architecture of space” with light, James Turrell conducts his explorations on a large scale.
For the first time, he has taken up the game of small dimensions by collaborating with the crystal factory founded by René Lalique, “the sculptor of light.” In homage to the landscapes of the American West, where he set up his celestial observatory at Roden Crater, Turrell transposed his sense of Arizona into two perfume bottles with pure forms and powerful colors, playing with the capture and diffraction of light waves.
Named Range Rider and Purple Sage, these pieces combine technical tour de force and poetic refinement.
With the Crystal Light panel, the artist echoes his installation Aten Reign, exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York in 2013: its concentric ellipses draw the eye into the heart of a hypnotic motif through precisely distributed and subtly graded hues, creating the sensation of luminous vibration that is so dear to him. Small, these works are monumental.