James Turrell's newest installation of his series of Sky Spaces has opened at ASU, and it is pretty amazing. At first I was a little put off by the colored LED show that it puts on, preferring instead the simple and secluded purity of his SMOCA Sky Space, but after a few outing I have really come to like this one. The changing colors cause your eyes to see the sky in the void and around the edge as an inverse of the LED color: Purple and Green, Blue and Yellow, even White and Black. It's pretty intense at times, almost unbelievably. You can kind of tell the difference in these pictures, but you really have to go and experience it for the full effect. Hats off to everyone involved.
Seeing these works by Bence Hajdu immediately reminded me of my friend Molly Eagan's critique of architectural photography. She took a series of photos with people in abstract positions and formations to highlight the fetishization of geometry in architectural photography and the absence of life the architecture was intended to foster.
Hajdu does the opposite here and deletes the human subjects form classic paintings, leaving the architecture, often brooding and foreboding, to stand on its own. The images are so caught up in our collective cultural conscience that they seem to scream to be inhabited.