I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising that—despite the PR hoopla surrounding this show—the overall effect is calm. It isn’t a fun house extravaganza, but a carefully-pared down selection of representative work. Though with Turrell the characterization “calm” must be qualified by “ambiguous,” if not “uneasy.” I imagine a lot of people miss out by not giving the work enough time. A glance will only reveal the ingredients, not the work.
Yukaloo (2011), for example, seems clear enough: a big rectangle glowing on a dark wall. But when you sit with it, the blue and green starts to modulate. Then after more staring into the light, the colors shift in a way that suggests it’s your perceptions that are changing, not the light. Finally you are left uncertain what it is you’ve been looking at. "What am I looking at?" was my most-used expression.
The big novelty for me was the holograms. They obviously fit in with Turrell's other work, but they have none of the elegant loveliness that has become his trademark. What they are is stubbornly insidious. As you move around, they seem to stalk you. Or is the right word "shadow"?