James Turrell's Mohl ip

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Mohl ip is a permanent installation at the Phoenix Art Museum. The placard next to the piece perfectly describes it -- and the work of James Turrell in general:

James Turrell
Mohl ip
, 2008
wood, glass voume and computerized neon setting
2008.321
American, born 1943
Mohl ip is part of James Turrell's Tall Glass series -- large rectangular fiels of colored neon light that are slowly transformed according to a defined digital program. The artist's goal is to reveal light as a tangible and physical entity. Much of Turrell's forty year long career has focused on the ambiguity of vision and experience. His installations strive to enhance the viewers' own visual awareness because he wants them to perceive themselves in the act of perceiving. As he explained: "I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumbed with seeing, like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire." The title Mohl ip is an English transliteration of a Korean term that alludes to the purple or pale blue light seen with the eyes closed in the early stages of meditation. It emphasizes the spiritual importance of the medium of light.
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For more on Turrell, see my Knight Rise page.

Date: August 23, 2009
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital SLR


Revised: August 29, 2009
Copyright © 2009 Joe Orman (except placard text)
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