Posts tagged “Photography

Double Negative

Posted on April 16, 2017

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In 1969, artist Michael Heizer began displacing 240,000 tons of rock in a Nevada mesa. Dynamiting two facing trenches across a canyon, he cut downward into the earth, contrasting both the canyon ridge and physical art structures built upward into the sky. When he finished in 1970, he left behind negative space in the landscape and one of his first monumental earthworks: Double Negative. Nearly fifty years later I wait alone in the darkness above the mesa, listening to the wind and watching for sunrise. As dawn breaks over the desert, I hike into the North cut and toward the Virgin River below. Sometimes it’s not what you add, it’s what you strip away. “There is nothing there, yet it is still a sculpture.” –Michael Heizer *

Seven Magic Mountains

Posted on April 7, 2017

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As Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains appears in the distance, you may have to resist the urge to accelerate down Las Vegas Boulevard to reach it more quickly. The shapes and colors draw you in, and after all, it’s only scheduled to be on display until 2018. Better hurry. It’s also a great lesson in planned obsolescence. The life cycle of the piece has been considered, which seems all too rare in our trash-generating society. Go beyond concept-design-installation. It helps to think end-to-end. *

Marfa

Posted on February 26, 2016

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Don’t go to Marfa. It’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s on the way to no place. And I’d like to pretend I’m the only person who knows about it. But should you find yourself in West Texas, USA, with some time to immerse yourself, you’ll find a gem in the desert. Check out the art scene that started with Donald Judd, continues through Judd Foundation and Chinati, and now includes nearly 20 galleries clustered near the downtown area. RULE Gallery and inde/jacobs were favorites during my visit. If you look hard enough, Marfa will reveal herself. Enjoy sunrise and sunset, and explore the downtown area in between. Step back in time in the Hotel Paisano lobby (even if you’re staying elsewhere in a trailer or…