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Arts of WonderEnchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy$
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Jeffrey L. Kosky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.001.0001

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: James Turrell, Works with Light

: James Turrell, Works with Light

Seeing the Light that does not Illuminate

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Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This chapter asks what happens when we see the light that must withdraw and be invisible to make the clearing clear. As Michel Serres points out, the world of solid and stable objects requires well defined borders and limits to distinguish each object. A solid object occupies a distinct place, and this place is defined by the sharp borders that contain it. Whence, according to Serres, the “association of the distinct with the clear, the language of light with the language of borders.” The edges and borders that define distinct objects appear sharply only in a light—be it from the sun or the electric factory—that is bright enough to clear the fog or empty the air that would blur them.

Keywords:   light, sun, clearing, Michel Serres, borders, distinct place, sharp borders

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