A pilot for many years, James TURRELL is today the greatest American Land Art artist and considers the sky as his studio. Upon spectacular aerial and historical images of Arizona canyon’s, TURRELL recalls his formal research on natural light and his friendship with the HOPI Indians. The film directed by Carine ASSCHER (co-produced by Centre Pompidou and C.A. Productions in Paris, France copyright C.A. Productions PASSAGEWAYS.film) gives TURRELL the opportunity to present his masterpiece RODEN CRATER, a true celestial Observatory.
“…” One of the finest moment in Carine ASSCHER‘s film shows him on the cone of the extinct volcano with Gene SEKAQUAPTEWA Chief of the Eagles Clan. The sound track makes intensive use of HOPI chants. Their rythm is spellbinding, more compelling than any vista. Lying side by side , TURRELL and his HOPI friend gaze up at the sky, using the rim of the crater as a frame. One wants this moment to last for ever as the two men juxtapose their memories and the camera joins them. “…” by Pierre STERCKX in BEAUX ARTS Magazine, special issue on James TURRELL, 2000
” Since TURRELL’s work is not open to the public, and you’re likely to get shot trespassing out in Arizona where this sits, this is your only chance to see it. Highly recommended for those interested in late modern and contemporary art.” ART TORRENT, 2008