I was talking to a friend about being creative about the act of looking for work. I may never look for a job-job again, but a key goal of mine is to find new design clients, employing the Red Velvet Rope policy. That means, not getting desperate and taking on a project with a client when your gut instinct says this will be trouble. Continue reading Creatively searching for work…
TURRELL AROUND PHOENIX
I’d been planning my Land Art Road Trip for 3 months…
…ever since I got up early on February 1st to make a reservation to see a project called “The Lightening Field,” which is near a little town in New Mexico called Quemado. Continue reading Road Trip to Phoenix to see James Turrell’s Art
A long overdue journey…
On May 8th & 9th I visited Walter de Maria’s “Lightening Field,” near Quemado, New Mexico. The experience exceeded my already high expectations, and already, I’m thinking about next year.
James Turrell describes the mix of tenacity and mellowing that is changing the way he works…
James Turrell has been building his own forms of art based on experiences of light, Continue reading Tortoise & Marshmallow
I revised this piece at the SMOCA (Scottsdale Museum of Art), which I saw during a major Turrell exhibit they had in 2001. In fact this exhibit was my awakening to the unique power of Turrell’s art. At the exhibit opening I waited in line for almost two hours to experience his one person light shows.
The first time I saw this sky pace, there was a Baroque Quartet playing live. This time, I was lucky in having fast moving clouds above the aperture. This earlier sky space does not include the LED lighting display of the latter works. It was peaceful and calm to sit inside for fifteen minutes. Here is a time lapse video I made that day:
I’ve refined and slightly expanded my route for the Land Art Road Trip.
Showing a film called Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art to my Visual Thinking students last week, inspired me to start planning a trip to some of these remote large scale creations.
The list begins with a reservation for Walter de Maria’s LIGHTENING FIELD in New Mexico, on to the Great Salt Lake for Smithton’s SPIRAL JETTY, and then Heizer’s DOUBLE NEGATIVE in Nevada. It makes sense to mix in National Parks, roadside oddities, and whatever else turns up in my research.
Looking forward to further inspiration at the LACMA exhibition of the historic Dwan Gallery, which opens March 19th. Virginia Dwan was a key supporter of these projects, and many others.
I was chomping at the bit to get on the road, but had to wrap up some client things. I wanted as much freedom and impulse as possible, so I only had my reservation for The Lightening Field on May 9th. I booked that on February 1st at 5am. Waiting those 5 hours past the reservation opening meant I barely got in.
I was sure that whoever else got up to make a reservation for the cabin would be interesting; some sort of Art Fanatic, for sure.
It has been 5 years since my last vacation. I hope I never wait that long again. Thanks to Yelp and the Priceline App I was able to travel well, never booking a room or campsite more than a day or two in advance. My first two nights at the painfully hip Moxy Hotel in Phoenix were at a 72% discount. It was strategically located near a James Turrell Skyspace that I hadn’t seen before.
Turns out I had the Air Apparent (even geniuses making awful puns) all to myself, and it was a quarter mile from the Moxy. Arriving at dusk the stone/metal perimeter bench was surprisingly comfy. I liked the detailing of this site specific artwork, and I think much of that was due to the aesthetic of a brilliant Arizona architecture, Will Bruder.
Ironically, the day before my road trip, this site got hacked, an issue I wasn’t able to fix until yesterday. I’ve been having a great time. On the first day I drove from San Pedro to Tempe, Arizona. I got a deal on what turned out to be a very trendy hotel, right next to James Turrell’s recent “SkySpace” at Arizona State University.
I visited “Air Apparent” both nights I was in Tempe. Wonderful, evocative. Strangely, I pretty much had the work to myself for an hour at dusk.