Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

By: Bill Gilbert (author), Chris Taylor (author)Hardback

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Land art encompasses the full spectrum of human responses to a specific landscape over time. From the perspective of architect Chris Taylor and artist Bill Gilbert, land art ranges from the inscription of pictographs and petrogylphs to the construction of roads, dwellings, and monuments, as well as traces of those actions. It includes gestures both small and grand, directing our attention from potsherd, cigarette butt, and mark in the sand to human settlements, monumental artworks, and military/industrial projects such as hydroelectric dams and decommissioned airfields. In Land Arts of the American West, Taylor and Gilbert present the results of a remarkable ongoing collaboration in which they investigate and create land art with students from the University of Texas and the University of New Mexico. The land arts program was started by Bill Gilbert in 2000 and has developed as a collaboration between Gilbert and Taylor since 2002. The description of the program in this book is organized around places that the authors and their students visit during a two-month journey each fall, ranging from Native American sites such as Chaco Canyon, to man-made industrial structures such as Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, to monumental earthworks such as Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake. Each place in Land Arts comes alive through color photographs accompanied by descriptive information about the site's natural and human history; students' journal entries that present first-person experiences of the place; and essays by experts in archaeology, art history, architecture, writing, activism, studio art, and design who join the group as they travel. Woven throughout the text is a conversation among Taylor, Gilbert, and writer William L. Fox, who draws the authors out about the land art program's origins, pedagogic mission, field operations, interactions with guest lecturers, and future directions.

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About Author

Chris Taylor is a Harvard-trained architect who teaches architecture at Texas Tech University. In conjunction with the Architecture Workers Combine, he explores the direct and interstitial forces creating landscape with built work in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Bill Gilbert holds the Lannan Chair in Land Arts of the American West in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico. His art practice explores the dialogue between environment and cultures in the Southwest. He has exhibited his work in the United States, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Canada, and Japan.


Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Practicing Land Arts: Learning to Learn 3. Muley Point 4. Double Negative 5. Great Basin Geomorphology 6. Land Mark Making by William L. Fox 7. Lake Mead 8. Practicing Land Arts: Field Trials 9. Bosque del Apache 10. El Vado Lake 11. A Native American Sense of Place: Tending the Roots of Culture; An Interview with Mary Lewis Garcia 12. Spiral Jetty 13. The Problem of Return by Ann Reynolds 14. Practicing Land Arts: On Site, Part One 14.1. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness 15. Chaco Canyon 16. Chaco Canyon and the Interactions of Nature, Culture, Art, and History by J. J. Brody 17. Roden Crater 18. Wupatki 19. CLUI-Wendover 20. Out There with the Center for Land Use Interpretation: An Interview with Matthew Coolidge 21. Very Large Array 22. Deming 23. Practicing Land Arts: On Site, Part Two 24. Colorado Plateau Geomorphology 25. Tipover Canyon 26. The Lightning Field 27. Turkey Springs 28. Chihuahuan Desert Geomorphology 29. Marfa 30. Boquillas Canyon 31. Juan Mata Ortiz 32a. Ollas, vacas, y ferocarriles: Una conversacion en el vado; Una entrevista con Hector Gallegos y Graciela Martinez de Gallegos 32b. Pots, Cows, and Trains: A Conversation at the Crossing; An Interview with Hector Gallegos and Graciela Martinez de Gallegos 33. Cebolla Canyon 34. Practicing Land Arts: Parallel Practices 35. Anaya Spring 36. Peripheral Vision by Lucy R. Lippard 37. Apache Creek 38. San Rafael Swell 39. Sun Tunnels 40. Otero Mesa 41. Blue Notch 42. Practicing Land Arts: Future Directions All insets by Amanda Douberley Land Arts of the American West: Program History Land Arts of the American West: Bibliography Photo Credits Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780292716728
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 422
  • ID: 9780292716728
  • weight: 1389
  • ISBN10: 0292716729

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