"Hi Test" (1997)

"Hi Test," 1997
Mixed media, site-specific permanent installation at the Mondrian Hotel, West Hollywood, California
Photo by Paula Goldman
Courtesy the Mondrian Hotel

"Color is this response to what we are perceiving. So there isn't something out there that we perceive; we are actually creating this vision, and we are responsible for it is something we're rather unaware of. So I actually like to do that, and I look at my art as being somewhere between the limits of perception of the creature that we are, that is- what we can actually perceive and not perceive, like the limits of hearing or seeing- and that of learned perception, or we could call prejudice perception. That's a situation where we have learned to perceive a certain way, but we're unaware of the fact that we learned it." - James Turrell...

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"Color is this response to what we are perceiving. So there isn't something out there that we perceive; we are actually creating this vision, and we are responsible for it is something we're rather unaware of. So I actually like to do that, and I look at my art as being somewhere between the limits of perception of the creature that we are, that is- what we can actually perceive and not perceive, like the limits of hearing or seeing- and that of learned perception, or we could call prejudice perception. That's a situation where we have learned to perceive a certain way, but we're unaware of the fact that we learned it."

- James Turrell

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