Sites for Sore Eyes (and Ears)
Artists of all kinds engage and entertain at High Desert Test Sites
by Shana Nys Dambrot
“I tend to fantasize about the long-term potential of any project I take on,” says High Desert Test Sites founder Andrea Zittel, “so I guess I’ve always envisioned it as a long-term project. When we started HDTS in 2002, I was thinking a lot about the idea of an ‘intimate audience.’ Rather than make art to be shipped to other parts of the world, I was interested in presenting it in the context in which it was made. A-Z West [in Joshua Tree] is my own ongoing project incorporating some of these ideals; but I also wanted to create a forum for other artists who were motivated by similar principles of making work that literally lives in the world.”
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In Lucid Stead, Phillip K. Smith III demonstrates reverence for land and light.
Higher Desert Art
By Shana Nys Dambrot
Philip K. Smith III’s Lucid Stead is a remote and ephemeral monument to light in all its shifting, blinding, beckoning, alienating, meditative, magical, natural, and artificial splendor. The site-specific art installation occupies a homestead location about 20 minutes outside of Joshua Tree — a skeletal shelter on five acres surrounded by 40 of federal land that Smith augments with one- and two-way mirrors, weathered wood, and interior light sources to create a temporary, yet epic work. While not officially part of High Desert Test Sites, Lucid Stead coincided with this year’s iteration, and Smith conceived it as a conceptual and geographical cousin — inspired by this “raw environment that invites investigation” — that will live in an indefinite and evolving state.
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