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2012 HIGHLIGHTS

Land Arts of the American West

journal entry

Eric Cook
Muley Point, Utah
September 12, 2012

The stillness was numbing, soothing, and serene. A fairly strong wind blows from the southwest, but my shelter is solid and I am not concerned. I crawl in and get situated. The fire certainly did the job, I had to shed layers because it was so hot inside. I have my camera set up outside right now, shutter open, aimed at the North Star. Hopefully it will turn into some nice circular star trails. The roof of my cave is so low I cannot sit up. It is a bit claustrophobic, but a solid shelter without a doubt. I was admittedly nervous about spending a night here, but I am really glad I stuck to it and decided to stay out here. These are the moments that define us, taking action against doubt and negative thoughts, breaking down barriers, testing oneself, carrying on stronger.

Itinerary

August 23 - 24: Roden Crater and Wupatki, Sunset Crater, AZ
August 25 - 30: Tipover Canyon/Firepoint, AZ
August 31 - September 8: Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Wendover, UT
September 9 - 12: Muley Point, UT
October 1 - 5: Barrio Buena Vista, El Paso, TX
October 6 - 9: Otero Mesa, NM
October 10 - 14: Turkey Creek, Gila, NM

Visiting Artists, Scholars, Projects, and Workshops

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Nils Norman works with Land Arts students at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, to implement research methodologies and create proposals towards a creative utopian plan for the two Wendovers. Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. September 3 – 8, 2012.

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Chrissie Orr, along with Armando Carlos of the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association, and Roberto Salas of Centro Artistico y Cultural, collaborate with Land Arts of the American West on a creative investigation of the accidental wetlands at the edge of the barrio called, Cement Lake. Barrio Buena Vista, El Paso, Texas, October 1 – 5, 2012.

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Land Arts of the American West and the Greek artist’s group, Visual March to Prespes, collaborate on an experiential exploration of borderlands at the US/Mexico and Greek/Albanian borders, culminating in an exhibition at the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, in Greece.
Barrio Buena Vista, El Paso, Texas, USA. October 1-5, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece. December 21, 2012 – February 24, 2013.

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Land Arts of the American West tours Roden Crater, a monumental artwork by James Turrell, located at the San Francisco Volcanic Field, in Arizona. August 24, 2012.

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Land Arts of the American West and mammology students from the University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology share space at Turkey Springs, Gila, New Mexico. October 11 – 13, 2012

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Buster Simpson works with collaborative groups of Land Art and Landscape Architecture students at the University of New Mexico main campus to design and build site-specific installations dealing with ephemerality in the public landscape. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 22 – 26, 2012.

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Connecting Liminal Nowhere, 2012 Land Arts of the American West Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. December 7 - 30, 2012.

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