DESERT X

April 28, 2017

DESERT X

This week marks the closing of Desert X, a multi-artist installation spanning 45 miles across the California desert.  The exhibit features "site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues” according to their website, and features many artists including Doug Aitken, Jennifer Bolande, Phillip K. Smith III, and Glenn Kaino.  When we heard about the Desert X project, we knew we wanted to make the trip to experience it in person, so we drove east into the desert.

Jennifer Bolande's cleverly placed billboards along the Gene Autry Trail.
Phillip K. Smith III's Circle of Land and Sky
Glenn Kaino's Hollow Earth
Doug Aitken's Mirage

The highlight of our visit was experiencing Mirage, a house made entirely from mirrors created to reflect and change according to the surrounding environment. We realized the subtle beauty and cultural relevance of Doug Aitken’s work earlier this year when we experienced his Electric Earth exhibit at MOCA.  His work resonated with us on many levels, and Mirage left us questioning what's next as we strive towards a more sustainable existence.