CXA insight: The Coachella Valley and its desert landscape became the canvas for a curated exhibition by Neville Wakefield of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects amplified and articulated global and local issues that ranged from climate change to starry skies, from tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf. The artworks, in various indoor and outdoor locations, offered visitors a way to see the valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artist's creativity and work.
Featured Artwork: “The Circle of Land and Sky” Phillip K Smith III
The Circle of Land and Sky 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 reflectors angled at 10 degrees, the artwork directly engages with the Sonoran surrounding and the endless heavens. As the light shifts and the viewer moves through the installation, land, and sky are separated, merged, and displaced, subverting one’s assumed the relationship with the desert horizon. At times, the sky is pulled down to the land or the land lifted up to the sky, while the colors of the west may merge with the colors of the east. It is a constantly changing installation that can never be seen the same way twice.
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