Turrell began mainipulating light, natural and artificial, to create projections 1966. Raised a Quaker, Turrell’s Grandmother wanted him to join her in church. Before entering the hall, he asked, “Well, what do we do?” She responded, “We’re going inside to great the light.” He liked the idea of “going inside to great the light within” (“Spirituality” video, Art21).
“I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumbed with seeing,” says the artist, “like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire.”
These nstallations depict lighting through on a television shaped portal on a wall, projected from a television placed on the floor inside the space below the aperture. Works are whimsically titled persumably per programming the console was set to, such as Mongo the Planet, Bullwinkle, and Kemo-Sabe.