"The ground is bleeding. A red river cuts a path through a bleached valley, winding toward a lake that is no longer there. Seen from the air, the river and its dry terminus appear otherworldly. In actuality, this terrain is located in Owens Valley, an arid stretch of land in southeastern California, between the Sierra Mountains and the White-Inyo Range. The history of this region is the stuff of California legend: a story of engineers, politicians, and big land owners working together to divert water to the rapidly growing desert city of Los Angeles, generating a thriving agricultural industry and an environmental disaster in the process." [Diana Gaston]
“Skybox 1 consists of a light box measuring approximately seven by twelve feet. The light box illuminates blown up images of political texts on oppression, colonialism and liberation, democracy and freedom. The texts are by the 17th century religious reformer Gerard Winstanley, and twentieth century philosophers and political leaders Léopold Sédar Senghor,Frantz Fanon, and Ho Chi Minh. At regular intervals, the light box dims so that the texts disappear, revealing thousands of points of light that suggest a star-filled night sky.”
Jaak Kaevats. Kinetic Sculpture. 714 metal spheres, hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually controlled stepper motors animate a seven minute long mechatronic narrative, in the beginning moving chaotically, then evolving through several competing forms to eventually resolve as the finished object.
Artist Barry Underwood documents full-scale installations he builds on-site in the landscape. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives his work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of his direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by cinema, land art, and contemporary painting, the resulting photographs are both surreal and familiar. This tension between the familiar and the surreal gives the images a strange power.