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FEB 25
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APRIL 30
2017 

THE COACHELLA VALLEY AND ITS DESERT LANDSCAPE BECAME THE CANVAS FOR A CURATED EXHIBITION OF SITE-SPECIFIC WORK BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS, WHOSE PROJECTS AMPLIFIED AND ARTICULATED GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES THAT RANGED FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO STARRY SKIES, FROM TRIBAL CULTURE AND IMMIGRATION TO TOURISM, GAMING, AND GOLF. THE ARTWORKS, IN VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LOCATIONS, WERE FREE AND OFFERED VISITORS A WAY TO SEE THE VALLEY AND REFLECT ON SERIOUS AND PLAYFUL ISSUES THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS' CREATIVITY AND WORK.

 
 
 
 

DESERT X IS A SITE-SPECIFIC SHOW THAT OPENED IN THE SPRING OF 2017. ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD WERE INVITED TO MAKE WORK THAT RESPONDS TO THE UNIQUE CONDITIONS OF PALM SPRINGS AND THE SURROUNDING COACHELLA VALLEY. THE DESERT OF DESERT X 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 NATURAL
AND 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 OFFERED 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

 

THE
DESERT
IS GOD WITHOUT MEN. 

— BALZAC