The smooth surfaces and neon lights create a room in which we lose our sense of orientation. We are immersed in what seems to be a red mist, much like walking through a thick fog. One of Turrell's Ganzfeld Series, this work refers to the concept of "Ganzfeld," or total field, where we experience light as a homogeneous visual field. James Turrell is one of the most celebrated American artists working today. Born in California in 1943, he grew up with an enduring love of aviation and the sky, as well as a fascination with light. His Quaker background also substantially formed his approach to life and art, with its emphasis on silent access to the "light within." From age six, Turrell was urged by his grandmother to "go inside and greet the light" at Quaker meetings. In the early 1960's, Turrell studied perceptual psychology at Pomona College, taking additional classes in other scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, geology and astronomy.