April 27, 2015
Photos courtesy: Chris Taylor
Land Arts of the American West
at Texas Tech University
Student work from the Texas Tech University College of Architecture will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Friday (May 1) at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts campus.
In the Charles Adams Studio Project's 5&J Gallery, Architecture faculty members will show students' work from the spring semester.
"The range of work you will be seeing is from first year through fifth year," said Lahib Jaddo, First Friday Art Trail coordinator and associate professor in the College of Architecture. "The classes include creative process, historic preservation, design classes, topical studios, product design, digital media, digital fabrication and more. The number of students involved is a guess on my part, about 400."
The college has displayed student work at the First Friday Art Trail for the past seven years, Jaddo said. The early exhibitions were in the Architecture building, but they were soon moved to LHUCA to reach a larger audience.
"By showing on LHUCA campus, our students were able to show off their hard work, celebrate and interact with the Lubbock community," Jaddo said. "This event has turned into a very festive occasion. Students show their designs, drawings, models, paintings, furniture, product design and experimental work. It has the feel of a big party as the students proudly present the results of their semester-long hard work."
The closing reception for the Land Arts of the American West 2014 exhibition will be in the LHUCA Warehouses, 1001 Mac Davis Lane.
The "Land Arts 2014 Exhibition" is the culmination of a full year's work for students in the Land Arts program. Led by program director Chris Taylor and assisted in the field by Ted Carey, graduate students Michael Norris, Gabriela Reyes and Anthony Zuefeldt, and artists J. Eric Simpson and Matti Sloman spent two months of the fall semester traveling 6,000 miles across the Southwest to explore natural and human forces that shape contemporary landscapes, ranging from geology and weather to cigarette butts and hydroelectric dams.
"Immersing architecture students in the landscape to work in nature reveals the multitude of intricate connections between people and land that has evolved over thousands of years," Taylor said. "The relationship between land and people is far more diverse and interwoven than generally portrayed. Allowing students of architecture, art, history and literature to digest the diversity of landscape through lived experience is vital to developing their identity and trajectory for working in the world."
Among many locations on the group's itinerary were:
• Arizona: North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains
• Nevada: land arts sites Double Negative and Las Vegas Piece
• New Mexico: White Sands, Cebolla Canyon, the Laguna Pueblo Native American reservation, the Very Large Array, and land arts sites Cabinetlandia and The Lightning Field
• Texas: Marfa and the Adobe Alliance in Presidio
• Utah: Muley Point, the Moon House cliff dwelling, land arts sites Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels and the Wendover base of The Center for Land Use Interpretation
"It is important for students to produce their work as we travel for at least two reasons," Taylor said. "First, Land Arts is more than a groovy camping trip. The products of our actions measure our experience — what we do with our time. Second, sharing our work with a broader audience is how we return from the land and participate in shaping culture — it is how we help create the future we want to inhabit. Exhibiting student work expands the relevancy of their investigations into a larger conversation."
The Land Arts exhibit opened for April's First Friday Art Trail and has been available Saturday afternoons and by appointment since. To set up an appointment contact Chris Taylor.
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