aluminum frame, acoustic foam rubber, laser light, carpet, and other materials
Soft Cell is part of a series of "Perceptual Cells" that the artist has been developing, in different formats, over a number of years. Each is a portable, autonomous unit that encloses the viewer in an environment where perception is altered.
On loan at the MF from June 1994 - June 1995. One viewer at a time walks up carpeted steps and enters the enclosure, which is covered inside and out with soundproof foam. The viewer closes the door and sits down in a chair. A red laser light is reflected off of a white disk on the door. it takes about fifteen minutes for the viewer's eyes to adjust to the dim light. 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.