Exhibition Demonstrating Land Art of the Southwest Set to Open

Students traveled 7,000 miles exploring the forces both natural and manmade that have shaped the landscape of the Southwest.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) announce the Land Arts 2009 Exhibition.

An opening reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the new LHUCA Warehouses at 1001 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, Texas.

The exhibition culminates the semester-long interdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech in the College of Architecture.

Students traveled 7,000 miles visiting locations across the Southwest over a two-month period as they explored the forces both natural and manmade that shape our contemporary landscapes. These forces include everything from cigarette butts to hydroelectric dams.

The project seeks to expand the definition of Land Art – a land-based art movement also known as Earthworks launched in the 60s in which artists design works that interact with specific landscapes.

Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, led the project.

The 2009 field season marks the beginning of a new phase for Land Arts of the American West, which was founded at the University of New Mexico in 2000 by Bill Gilbert. Taylor co-directed the program from 2001 until establishing it at Texas Tech when he moved from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

The history of this collaboration to develop the program is documented in “Land Arts of the American West,” published in 2009 by the University of Texas Press. Land Arts of the American West now operates autonomously at both the University of New Mexico and Texas Tech.

The Land Arts 2009 Exhibition will continue through March 7, and features the work of Adrianna Alter, Sean Cox, Jason Fancher, Meredith James, Adrian Larriva, Kyle Robertson, Jose Villanueva and Stephen Wollkind.

A closing reception from 6-9 p.m. on March 5 will coincide with the First Friday Art Trail.

The exhibition will be open for viewing by appointment and at hours posted http://www.landarts.org/

CONTACT: Chris Taylor, director, Land Arts of the American West, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 392-6147, or c_taylor@landarts.org