Turrell’s interest in light, he explains, “lies in the thingness of light itself,” rather than “light as we normally use it … to illuminate other things.” In translating Aten Reign
to two-dimensional, printed form, Turrell was challenged to translate light itself, into paper, through color. Perhaps the greatest distinction between light and ink, Turrell explains
, is the way color interacts in the discrete mediums: “When you pour ink … if you mix blue and yellow, you get a green; but if you mix blue light [and] yellow light, you get white.” He began developing the print through photographs of the original installation, and the psychological and emotional impact of the original. Comprised of three hand-carved Ukiyo-e woodcuts, the new print series, “Suite from Aten Reign,” is realized through Pace Editions Ink Workshop, master printer Yasu Shibata, and with the help of Justin Israels. In order to achieve due luminosity, each print is composed of a combination of oil-based and water-based inks, 14 colors, 12 woodblocks, and a metal plate. Additionally, an impressive oversized roller was used to ameliorate technical challenges and achieve crisp, precise imagery.