James Turrell’s Psychedelic Immersion Sphere
An exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in London is taking visitors on a mind-bending journey.
While the current exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in London features many of the light works of Californian artist James Turrell, the main attraction is undoubtedly Bindu Shards, described by the artist as a “perceptual cell.” After signing the requisite waivers, visitors are placed one-at-a-time inside the large metal sphere and treated to an ecstatic 15-minute light show of shifting and flickering color.
As Jonathan Jones, art writer for The Guardian, describes:
Then I see a cityscape of vertiginous skyscrapers, with no earth below. All these forms and volumes that pulse and metamorphosise are defined by colours that change convulsively – the most intensely saturated greens and reds you can imagine, colours that seem solid, then burst into microscopic patterns of oranges, blacks, gold and misty white; all these colours bubble and whir at breakneck speed, as if you were in a particle accelerator.