(please ignore me if this is all too naive) - do you feel James Turrell manipulates the viewer? I think I am trying to understand if it is the manipulation or the material that is being objected to.. I understand that the work is imposing (which I don't think is always a bad thing, sometimes I am thankful to be imposed upon), but I also have never felt his work interferes in my living. I choose to step into the spiral. Does size equal import? Is his work cliched maybe? In that one expects how they will feel - if they know his work?
- selma 4-19-2004 9:54 pm

I do get y'all and do understand. I get the masculine, "big dick art", imposing, manipulative, violent. I guess I just don't mind it as an experience. That's all.
- selma 4-19-2004 10:29 pm [add a comment]

fair question. I dont have any trouble w/ serra right up till the end, where he seems to back off from a career trajectory w/ a reflexive reversal that to me seems to pander to unvalid critisim. if it wasnt for the big crater project i dont think turrell would even be on the map. nice big and sublime nature/art experience. but wiring mood rooms for light and sound shows gives me serious doubt that he has anything on the ball at all. just me 2 cents/ like you say one dont mind being waltzed around if you think they know what their doing.

- bill 4-19-2004 11:20 pm [1 comment]

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