Desert X 2017

Sometimes The Mirage Is Real...
By River Davis

Had the wonderful opportunity to experience another amazing installation by Doug Aitken. The Mirage house was truly something special that will forever live on through the memories or its visitors and the countless photographs taken. I hope you can get any sort of sense of the powerful nature of this experience through the photos I took.

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"DESERT X IS A SITE-SPECIFIC BIENNIAL EXHIBITION THAT FIRST TOOK PLACE IN THE SPRING OF 2017. ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WERE INVITED TO MAKE WORK THAT RESPONDS TO THE UNIQUE CONDITIONS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY. THE DESERT IS THE BLANK CANVAS UPON WHICH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS - LIKE THE WRITERS, ARCHITECTS, MUSICIANS AND OTHERS BEFORE THEM – WERE INVITED TO PROJECT THEIR VISION AND TO CREATE FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY NATURALAND SOCIAL HISTORY AROUND THEM OBJECTS AND EXPERIENCES THAT REFLECT UPON THE MATCHLESS SPECTACLE OF THE GEOLOGIC EPIC, THE RADICAL ABSTRACTION OF THE SURROUNDINGS AND THE SINGULAR INCURSIONS OF MAN INTO THE SEEMINGLY BARREN LANDSCAPE. UNIQUE IN THAT IT TAKES THE LANDSCAPE ITSELF AS ITS EXHIBITION SPACE, DESERT X OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE BOTH THE FAMILIAR AND THE UNKNOWN THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS. IF THE DESERT IS INDEED GOD WITHOUT MAN, THEN DESERT X IS ART WITHOUT CONSTRAINT." 

-NEVILLE WAKEFIELD

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