Sunday, March 5, 2017

Circle of Land and Sky

Phillip K Smith's installation defines a reflective space within the desert, 
composed entirely of the environment's two  most prominent physical characteristics --
land and sky.
Formed by 300 geometric electors angled at 10 degrees,
the artwork directly engages with the surroundings and visitors interacting with the posts.
The installation constantly shifts with the light, land and sky are separated, merged and displaced
subverting one's assumed relationship with the desert horizon.




















Curves and Zigzags

Claudia Compte's installation in the desert plays on the constant exchange of dualities -
nature and culture, order and chaos, geometric and organic form.
The wall suggests a walk through the shifting sands of abstraction
and on to a place where beauty and contemplation sit side by side.
The wind kicked up during our visit, pelting grains of sand into our exposed flesh
We unsuccessfully tried shielded ourselves in the contours of the wall
while watching the clouds float high above.

















Saturday, March 4, 2017

Joshua Tree

A cold snap and gray sky made for a wintery and brisk day trip to the park.
A steep hike up Ryan's Mountain provided 360 degrees views
of  several snow covered mountain ranges.
A scramble in Jumbo Rocks was like walking on another planet.


















Friday, March 3, 2017

DESERT X

REASON ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED TWELVE TO LOVE PALM SPRINGS:

FOR A FEW WEEKS THIS SPRING

THE COACHELLA VALLEY

BECAME THE CANVAS

FOR A CURATED EXHIBITION

OF SITE-SPECIFIC WORK BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS,

WHOSE PROJECTS AMPLIFY AND ARTICULATE GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES.

LUCKILY, MY DATES TO VISIT COINCIDED WITH 
DESERT X.
AN ALREADY SPECTACULAR WEEKEND WAS ENHANCED BY THESE INTERACTIVE WORKS.

MIRAGE



Doug Aitken built a small ranch style suburban American house
cradled in the base of the mountains in Palm Springs.  
Composed of mirrored surfaces,
the surroundings are reflected and the structure is camouflaged.
The effect is at times disorienting,
for the mind can not process what it is seeing.
Aitken reconfigured the idea the suburban ranch home,
prolific in post WWII American suburbs,
by removing the inhabitants and their possessions.
Inside, the reflective surfaces create a kaleidoscopic effect intended to evoke confusion rather than comfort.
I loved it, in spite of the discomfort and would love to spend 24 hours watching the light and landscape shift in the house's reflection.








Sunday, February 26, 2017

All I Know


“All I know, lying in this bed or not lying here,
 is that this is the life that was given to me.
The life that throbs along through any and all of my moments: this is it!
 If ever I wonder what my life was meant to look like, I have only to look around me.
 This, whatever I am doing or not doing, is what it is.
 This, right here, is as good as it gets! Your "one wild and precious life," as Mary Oliver says.
 And when you follow its movement, without trying to direct it with preconceived plans for the future, your life will lead you where you need to go.
 When you trust it, your body, rather than your mind,
 will walk you through the life you are meant to be living, whatever it may be.” 


Monday, February 20, 2017

Electricity