Prepping for the 2013 field season, Lubbock, TX

Prepping for the 2013 field season, Lubbock, TX

2013 Field Season

Information about the 2013 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2013

Itinerary

Journey 1
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Goblin Valley, Utah
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
Wendover – CLUI, Utah
Intrepid Potash, Wendover, Utah
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
Las Vegas Piece, near Elgin, Nevada
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico
Lubbock, Texas

Journey 2
Marfa, Texas
Huaco Tanks, Texas
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico
Mimbres River, New Mexico
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Twin Buttes, New Mexico
Lubbock, Texas

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2013 Itinerary,
Journey 1 Map and Journey 2 Map

Participants

Edward (Ted) Carey – artist from Philadelphia with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Elsner – designer from Richmond, Virginia who has practiced in New York City and Austin
Kyle Griesmeyer – architect pursuing a masters degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa
Jana La Brasca – art historian with a bachelors degree from University of California at Berkeley
Bristen Lee Phillips – artist from the Llano Estacado pursuing a bachelors degree at Texas Tech
Jaclyn Pryor – performance/installation artist based in Flagstaff, Arizona who has a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin

Carl Spartz (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist from SIMPARCH
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Russ Draper – plant manager at Intrepid Potash
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
Amy Hauft – artist teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Ann Reynolds – art historian teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Lori Ryker – architect and director of Remote Studio
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago

Texas Beinnial TX★13

Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech will be submitting special reports during our 2013 field season for the TX★13 Texas Biennial. Posts can be found at Land Arts 2013 Texas Biennial and the schedule of participant entries at Biennial schedule.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Joaquin and Katy Chrisler at Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Joaquin and Katy Chrisler at Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

"Aftermath or Very Small Array" by Katy Chrisler at Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

“Aftermath or Very Small Array” by Katy Chrisler at Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Carl Spartz and Kevin Chua with Nicholas Pierce at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Carl Spartz and Kevin Chua with Nicholas Pierce at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Hidden listeners to "Rudimentary Landscape for Understanding, 1 of 2 -- 'In No Other Place,' 'I Want to be a Good Wife,' 'Days That Spill Brightening Hours' by Katy Chrisler at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Hidden listeners to “Rudimentary Landscape for Understanding, 1 of 2 — ‘In No Other Place,’ ‘I Want to be a Good Wife,’ ‘Days That Spill Brightening Hours’” by Katy Chrisler at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg and Alan watching "Maga Tumbler / Tumbleweed Dream Machine" by Maura Murnane at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg and Alan watching “Maga Tumbler / Tumbleweed Dream Machine” by Maura Murnane at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Arie Ruvinsky, Richie Klaja and Celeste Martinez at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Arie Ruvinsky, Richie Klaja and Celeste Martinez at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

"Conversations" by Nicholas Pierce, Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

“Conversations” by Nicholas Pierce, Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Peter Briggs at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Peter Briggs at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Jigga Patel and posse at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Jigga Patel and posse at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Irma and Jesse Larriva talking with Arie Ruvinsky at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Irma and Jesse Larriva talking with Arie Ruvinsky at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

"Having a Snack While the Sun Sets" by Maura Murnane, Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

“Having a Snack While the Sun Sets” by Maura Murnane, Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

Zoe Berg performing at the Land Arts 2012 Exhibition opening.

2012 Land Arts Journey 2 Summary

Land Arts 2012 at Texas Tech concluded its second journey on Tuesday 3 October 2012 with the dedication and intensity it began in late August due in large part to the exceptional group of participants are: Zoe Berg (artist), Katy Chrisler (poet), Cade Hammers (architect), Martin Medina (architect), Maura Murnane (artist), Colleen O’Brien (artist), Jigga Patel (architect), Nicholas Pierce (poet), Arie Ruvinsky (artist) and Cecilia Stewart (architect). Jose Villanueva (Land Arts 2009 Alum) was a tireless and outstanding Program Assistant and Chris Taylor continued to direct the program at Texas Tech.

Breaks between journeys always alternate between not enough time for necessary correspondence, bill paying, and deep cleaning, and too much time away from the immediacy of working and living in the field. Everyone was eager to return to the patina of the road as we ventured through West Texas to begin a slower pace voyage with a focus on sites to make work. We were out for twenty-seven days and traveled around 2,500 miles overland. During that time we were visited by a string of outstanding field guests: Land Arts alum and Design Build Adventure member Adrian Larriva, artist Boyd Elder, filmmaker Sam Douglas, artist Amy Hauft, artist and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin Jack Risley, Texas Tech Landmark Arts director Joe Arredondo, poet John Poch, and writer Charles Bowden.

Before we set out for the field Upe Flueckiger of Texas Tech spoke with us about his research on the architecture of Donald Judd partly because our first stop was Marfa, Texas. We camped, as usual, at the wonderfully evolving El Cosmico where Adrian Larriva was working. Filmmaker Sam Douglas camped with us to gain more insight for Moving Mountainshis film in the works about the Land Arts program, and we screened Citizen Architect under the stars. Adrian Larriva talked to us about his work with Design Build Adventure—projecting slides on the side of a van—to help the crew get a handle on the evolution of El Cosmico. It had been a while since Land Arts was in Marfa for open house weekend, so in addition to tours of the Chinati and Judd foundations there were a host of events including a lecture by curator Lynne Cooke, visits from guests Amy Hauft, Jack Risley, Joe Arredondo, John Poch, Boyd Elder, Ester Partegás, and a bevy of Land Arts alumni. It was a grand and busy gathering with time in short supply.

On the way to our next site we paused at Prada Marfa to consider its evolving condition, and we stopped in El Paso for another wonder fiesta hosted by Jesse and Irma Larriva. The next site was Cabinetlandia in the Chihuahuan Desert scrub east of Deming, New Mexico. As a work site it provided a chance for students to engage the Cabinet National Library as well as invest time in their work. Writer Charles Bowden spent a day and a half with us their relaying the trajectory of his recent work looking deeply into the US/Mexico border conditions.

From there we moved up into the Gila Wilderness camping alongside the dry Mimbres River—usually there is a small trickle of water. Another work site it expanded time for students to develop their work across many avenues from construction and documentation to performance and video. Leaving the Gila we stopped for lunch at the Tyrone Mine Reclamation overlook to see the limited progress there. The next stop was up in the Chiricahua Mountains to experience the realities of the sky islands of the Sonoran Desert and the aftermath of a major forest fire that swept through the region a year and a half ago.  Work continued.

On the way to our next stop the need for bathing had risen palpably so we stopped at the un-swimmable Roper Lake State Park to avail ourselves of their cold water showers and outdoor hot pool. The next stop was a new and somewhat provisional site in the Tonto National Forest and a visit to the Coolidge Dam on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The dam was completed in 1928 and demonstrates the complicated and often fraught circumstances of large scale water projects in the west. When we were there the lake was officially closed because it was only holding 1% of it’s capacity. The fish that remained struggled at the surface of the water gasping for oxygen.

After a resupply in Show Low, Arizona we set out for our final base camp on the edge of the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico. A work site that also served as a base to visit the Very Large Array and The Lightning Field. As the days grew shorter and the nights colder our time in the field drew to a close and we rolled back into Lubbock on 30 October to unload the vans and complete a major cleaning and sorting of the gear so it could be stored for next field year. A select group of images from Journey 2 are included below.

Upe Flueckiger talking about the architecture of Donald Judd, Lubbock, Texas.

Over El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Beginning the Chinati Foundation tour with Valerie Arbor, Marfa, Texas.

Dinner with Sam Douglas in camp at El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Lynne Cooke talking about the work of John Chamberlain, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.

The arrival of Jack Risley and Amy Hauft to camp at El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Prepping for the big dinner with Joe Arredondo, John Poch, Jack Risley, Amy Hauft, Ester Partegás and Land Arts alumni at El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Multiple visitors at Prada Marfa, Valentine, Texas.

Annual Land Arts fiesta with the Larriva family, El Paso, Texas.

Arriving at Cabinetlandia, east of Deming New Mexico.

Talking with Charles Bowden at Cabinetlandia, near Deming, New Mexico.

Katy reading from the Cabinet National Library, Cabinetlandia, New Mexico.

Jigga drawing at Cabinetlandia, near Deming, New Mexico.

Above the work tale at Cabinetlandia, New Mexico.

Working in the cook tent at Cabinetlandia, near Deming, New Mexico.

Above Cabinetlandia, near Deming, New Mexico.

Rolling Maura’s giant tumble weed, Cabinetlandia, near Deming, New Mexico.

Solar charging at Mimbres River, New Mexico.

Maura hanging tents, Mimbres River, New Mexico.

Martin and Jigga working, Mimbres River, New Mexico.

Martin working with the sun, Mimbres River, New Mexico.

Lunch at the Tyrone reclamation overlook, Tyrone, New Mexico.

Setting up camp, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Maura deploying her inflatable, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Post fire remnants in Rustlers Park, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Jose floating in the hot tub at Roper Lake State Park, Ariziona.

Visiting Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona.

Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona.

Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona.

Loading coolers in Show Low, Arizona.

Very Large Array, New Mexico.

Jose reading, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Overlooking camp on the edge of the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Above camp, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Maura and Zoe exploring the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Above the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Morning Fire, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Foot trails at The Lightning Field, northeast of Quemado, New Mexico.

Returning to the lessons of Judd and Flueckiger, Plains of Agustin, New Mexico.

Group before departing the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Scrubbing down the gear at the Combine, Lubbock, Texas.

Washing up kitchen equipment at the Combine, Lubbock, Texas.

2012 Land Arts Journey 1 Summary

Land Arts 2012 at Texas Tech first journey ran from 28 August to 24 September 2012. The expedition continues to amplify the growing momentum of the Lubbock based program. The exceptional group of participants are: Zoe Berg (artist), Katy Chrisler (poet), Cade Hammers (architect), Martin Medina (architect), Maura Murnane (artist), Colleen O’Brien (artist), Jigga Patel (architect), Nicholas Pierce (poet), Arie Ruvinsky (artist) and Cecilia Stewart (architect). Jose Villanueva (Land Arts 2009 Alum) is the Program Assistant and Chris Taylor continues to direct the program at Texas Tech.

From the wonderfully multivalent introductory site in the shadow of White Sands Missile Range to the remote archeological remains of Moon House our itinerary traversed significant physical and conceptual territory. We were out for twenty-seven days and traveled around 3,500 miles overland. During that time we were visited by outstanding field guests: geologist and Laguna Pueblo tribal member Curtis Francisco, Remote Studio director Lori Ryker, CLUI Director Matt Coolidge, SIMPARCH member Steve Badgett, artist and film maker Deborah Stratman, artist and fabricator Rob Ray, Intrepid Potash plant manager Russ Draper, and writer Lucy Lippard.

Our departure from West Texas began with the rising heat of late summer. The second night at Twin Buttes was punctuated by a prolonged wind storm that immediately tested the logistics of our kitchen as well as a few personal tents. From White Sands we ventured northwest past the Trinity Site highway marker to Cebolla Canyon. From this base camp we spent a day with Curtis Francisco touring the reclaimed Jackpile Mine at Laguna Pueblo. Jackpile was the largest open pit uranium mine from the mid 1950’s until the 1980’s. Ground water contamination continues to be among a host of issues and Curtis was encouraged to tell of recent traction towards Superfund status. On our way north traversed the Grants Mineral Belt, aka the uranium mining epicenter, stopping at the New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants to gain perspective. At Chaco Canyon we explored Pueblo Bonito, Penasco Blanco and Casa Rinconada experiencing the escalation of architectural impulse in North America and becoming aware of the complexity of narratives attempting to make sense of the place.

From Chaco we continued northwest to Cedar Mesa for a work site at Muley Point. Recent rains had filled most of the tinajas and new growth evidenced an ecosystem in rebound. We spent one day hiking out on Snow Flat to the archeological site of Moon House. The permit process to access the site continues to tighten. After the hike we went down to Mexican Hat for a cool down swim in the muddy and refreshing San Juan River.

From Muley we traveled northwest crossing the Colorado and Dirty Devil rivers at Hite, resupplying in Green River and stopping for a night on the eastern face of the Wasatch range at Price Canyon. We needed to break up the drive from Muley to the Spiral Jetty so we could visit the Bingham Canyon Mine the next morning. The open pit copper mine is so big they boast it can be seen from space. (It is often challenged as the largest excavation by the copper mine in Chuquicamata, Chile.)

We arrived at Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson to join Lori Ryker and her crew from the Remote Studio who were on there first expedition of the semester from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was great to spend to spend an evening with them and exchange experiences about spending time in the wilderness examining what we find there.

From Spiral Jetty we ventured north around the top of the lake along the path of the first transcontinental rail line to Lucin and lunch at Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. From there we were making good time south to Wendover when an error of judgement occurred. Conditions on the playas had appeared dry so a split decision was made to try the pipeline road cutoff that runs across the mud flats north of the Silver Mountains. We would all regret this later, in good cheer, as we spent several hours dealing with getting the vans liberated from the mud they became lodged in. Suppose it’s true what they say about short cuts… The good news is that Matt Coolidge was in Wendover and he was able to help organize the rescue, including riding out on the mud-cat.

Once in Wendover, Utah we entered the orbit of the Center for Land Use Interpretation. CLUI Wendover is always a highlight and this year was no exception. Students were eager for a proper shower (first in two weeks), laundry, learning about the center, and making their own work in this context. People spent time working across the airbase and town, out on Bonneville Salt Flats, and out at South Base where Steve Badgett and Deborah Stratman were in residence. Our poets spent a day with Steve and Deb hiking up a mountain ridge to experience the Hawk Watch program in action. Rob Ray also joined the crew to work with Deb on Power / Exchange. Steve was so impressed with what Jose has done with our kitchen operation that he presented us with a hand crank blender to augment the preparation of more fresh salsas. Time in Wendover always seems to evaporate and energy levels draw low with long days and short nights. It is a fascinating and intensely productive landscape.

From Wendover we ventured south to Mormon Mesa, Nevada and the site of the earthwork Double Negative by Michael Heizer. We arrived in mid afternoon so before setting up camp we continued on to Lake Mead to cool down. Being here ten days later than past years made a ten degree shift in the high temperatures. Everyone appreciated that they remained around 100 instead of 110.

After two days with the work we traveled north to climb the Kaibab Plateau for our approach to the Grand Canyon. Our first night was spent in the alpine forest of Tipover Canyon–waking to frosty conditions. For the next two nights we had a permit to camp out at Point Sublime. Usually we make the trip for a single afternoon and evening. It was fantastic to have more time at such a powerful spot on the rim. While there we made new friends with fellow campers Bruce and Inez who now share their travel post cards with us.

Our return route included a stop at the Red Dog Shed in Madrid with a visit to Lucy Lippard in Galisteo. The students gained much from the exchange with her about the trajectory of her career and what she is working on now. The following day on our way back to Lubbock we visited Bosque Redondo in Fort Sumner, New Mexico–the destination site of the Long Walk of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache. Currently the Little Sister Rug is on view.

Once back in Lubbock we unloaded the vans and did a major cleaning and sorting of the gear to make it ready for our departure on Journey 2 on Wednesday 3 October 2012. Look for more Field Reports whenever we have the ability to make remote posts. A select group of images from Journey 1 are included below.

Loading up in Lubbock, Texas.

First site cook tent set up, Twin Buttes, New Mexico.

Martin working at White Sands, New Mexico.

Trinity Site Highway Marker, New Mexico.

Visiting Jackpile Mine site with Curtis Francisco, Laguna Pueblo.

New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants, New Mexico.

New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants, New Mexico.

Lunch preparations, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Penasco Blanco, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Inside Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Fish tacos for dinner at Muley Point, Utah.

Jose making fried eggs for breakfast, Muley Point, Utah.

Zoe’s field notebook to woman’s mysteries, Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah.

Exploring Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah.

Kite aerial photography in progress, Muley Point, Utah.

Cecilia working at Muley Point, Utah.

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah.

Dinner with Lori Ryker and the Remote Studio crew, Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Utah.

Venturing out into the Great Salt Lake from Rozel Point, Utah.

Working at the Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Utah.

Hula Hooping at Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah.

Crew after trying to working the vans in the mud, north of Wendover, Utah.

Preparing for the ride out of the mud, north of Wendover, Utah.

CLUI Orientation with Matt Coolidge, Wendover, Utah.

Touring the flight line of the former Wendover Army Airfield, Wendover, Utah.

Test atomic bomb loading pit at the former Wendover Army Airfield, Wendover, Utah.

CLUI Target hall with Steve Badgett and Matt Coolidge, Wendover, Utah.

Stuffed poblano pepper, Wendover, Utah.

Matt Coolidge talking about the Center for Land Use Interpretation operations and structure, Wendover, Utah.

Exploring Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah.

Touring Intrepid Potash with Russ Draper, Wendover, Utah.

Sunset beyond the Enola Gay hanger, Wendover, Utah.

Katy and Nicolas writing after breakfast, Wendover, Utah.

Cade and Martin working at South Base, Wendover, Utah.

Steve helping Jose with the inaugural use of the new blender (courtesy of Steve), Wendover, Utah.

Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah.

Jose working on Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah.

Steve Badgett, SIMPARCH lecture, South Base, Wendover, Utah.

Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada.

Colleen working at the edge of Double Negative, Morman Mesa, Nevada.

Napping in the van on the drive from Wendover to Morman Mesa, Nevada.

Frosty morning waking around the fire ring, Tipover Canyon, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Colleen at Point Sublime, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Point Sublime sunset, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Camp at Red Dog Shed in Madrid, New Mexico.

Seminar with Lucy Lippard, Galisteo, New Mexico

Nic cranking salsa in the blender, Red Dog Shed, Madrid, New Mexico.

Bosque Redondo, Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Nic, Jigga, Arie and Jose cleaning gear at the end of Journey 1, Lubbock, Texas.

Land Arts 2011 Menu book, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

2012 Field Season

Information about the 2012 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2012

Itinerary

Journey 1
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Price Canyon, Utah
Bingham Canyon MIne
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
Wendover – CLUI, Utah
Intrepid Potash, Wendover, Utah
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Galisteo, New Mexico
Madrid, New Mexico

Journey 2
Marfa, Texas
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico
Mimbres River, New Mexico
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico
Lubbock, Texas

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2012 Itinerary,
Journey 1 Map and Journey 2 Map

Participants

Zoe Berg – artist working on BFA at University of Texas at Austin
Katy Chrisler – poet with MFA from Writers Workshop at University of Iowa
Cade Hammers – architect working on MARCH at Texas Tech
Luis Martín Medina – architect working on MARCH at Texas Tech
Maura Murnane – New York based artist with BFA from University of Texas at Austin
Colleen O’Brien – artist working on BFA at Texas Tech
Jigga Patel – architect working on MARCH at Texas Tech
Nicholas Pierce – poet and writer working on BFA at Texas Tech
Arie Ruvinsky – artist with BFA from Goldsmiths Univeristy of London
Cecilia Stewart – architect working on MARCH at Texas Tech

Jose Villanueva (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Joe Arredondo – director of Landmark Arts at Texas Tech
Steve Badgett – artist from SIMPARCH
Charles Bowden – writer
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Russ Draper – plant manager at Intrepid Potash
Sam Douglas – filmmaker from Big Beard Films
Russ Draper – plant manager at Intrepid Potash
Upe Flueckiger – architect teaching at Texas Tech University
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
Amy Hauft – artist teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Adrian Larriva – designer and builder with Design Build Adventure
Lucy Lippard – writer
Barry Lopez – writer
John Poch – poet teaching at Texas Tech
Rob Ray – artist and fabricator
Ann Reynolds – art historian teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Jack Risley – artist and Chair of Dept. of Art and Art History at University of Texas at Austin
Lori Ryker – architect and director of Remote Studio
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening - Winston Holloway

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening - Will Cotton and Bethany Woods

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening - Luis Bustamante blindfolding Carl Spartz

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening - Carl Spartz

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening

Land Arts 2011 Exhibition Opening - Long Table Dinner

2011 Land Arts Journey 2 Summary

Land Arts 2011 at Texas Tech concluded its second journey on Monday 24 October 2011 with the sense of purpose and dedication it began in late August due in large part to the dedicated participants: Alexander Bingham, Luis Bustamante III, Will Cotton, Winston Holloway, Richard Klaja, Celeste Martinez, Zachary Mitchell, Carl Spartz, Rachael Wilson, and Bethany Wood. Adrian Larriva (Land Arts 2009 Alum and TTU MARCH graduate) proved pivotal as the Land Arts Program Assistant, and Chris Taylor continues to direct the program at Texas Tech.

Breaks between journeys always alternate between not enough time for necessary correspondence, bill paying, and deep cleaning, and too much time away from the immediacy of working and living in the field. Everyone was eager to return to the patina of the road as we ventured through West Texas to begin a slower pace voyage with a focus on sites to make work. We were out for twenty-five days and traveled around 2,500 miles overland. During that time we were visited by outstanding field guests: Design Build Adventure founder Jack Sanders, West Texas living legend and artist Boyd Elder, Land Arts 2009 alum Jose Villanueva, and PORK New Orleans designer and educator David Gregor.

Our second journey began in Marfa, Texas with the legacy of Donald Judd through visits to the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation. A healthy wind storm also greeted our return, snapping a weak tie down strap and flipping the kitchen tent. Nothing major was lost and we were able to quickly reset camp. Jack Sanders met us in Marfa to tell us about the evolutionary design and construction processes developing El Cosmico. Learning first hand we also invested our efforts in the process by helping establish newly planted trees.

From Marfa we made the short trip west to Valentine where Boyd Elder and Jose Villanueva were waiting. Boyd’s family goes back to the origins of this small West Texas town and in recent years an old dance hall from the late nineteenth century has come under his care. While the building, called the Saloone (read Sa-loan), needs a great deal of work, it’s thick adobe shell is worthy of attention. Jose has been working with Boyd to get the project moving and lending the collective shoulder of Land Arts added to the momentum. The students got their hands dirty repairing adobe and adding mud plaster to stave off future erosion using a recipe with cactus juice and horse dung from Ron Rael. It was three days of serious work. On our way out of Valentine we visited Prada Marfa with Boyd in the early morning light.

En route to our next site we stopped in El Paso for supplies and to attend a fiesta for the students hosted by Jesse and Irma Larriva. This is the third year the Larriva’s have welcomed Land Arts into their home, fortunately this year Robert Gonzales, Director of the Texas Tech College of Architecture El Paso program was able to participate. On the road again, we rolled into Cabinetlandia at sun set as a cold front blew in. Rain to our east and west dropped the temperature precipitously and the stiff wind filled air, tents, and lungs with dust. The fierce weather broke quickly leaving us clear skies and cold nights.

Cabinetlandia is a project space of Brooklyn based Cabinet magazine and site of the Cabinet National Library. Located within the failed Deming Ranchettes development between Interstate 10 and a major east-west route of the Southern Pacific Railroad the site is an outstanding laboratory to explore and test the ongoing Land Arts conversation unfolding through our regular seminars.

David Gregor joined us at Cabinetlandia to share the aerial photographic techniques he used last summer in China. From New Orleans he brought a kite for sending a camera aloft, a sixteen foot tall stick for elevated points of view, and a series of influential books to share with the students. David was very generous with his deep connection to the land art sites throughout the American West and his reading of the priorities facing design, art and architecture education today.

With our fill of fine Chihuahuan Desert scrubland dust we said farewell to David and ventured into Deming to resupply our food stocks and do a bit of laundry. From there we turned north heading into the Gila Wilderness—straight to the Gila River and hot springs to extend the much needed cleaning. After a brief soaking we returned south to set camp along the banks of the Mimbres River. This was another work site and the students pursued their projects immediately. From hands on fabrication to various levels of mapping this was a very productive place.

On the road again we passed through Silver City then southwest out of the mountains. Mining casts a long shadow across our itinerary and we stopped for lunch at the beleaguered interpretive overlook of the Tyrone Tailings Reclamation.

Next, a site near the top of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona allowed us to experience how sky islands operate in the desert. We also gained first hand knowledge of the impact of last May’s Horseshoe Two Fire that badly burnt the Chiricahua Mountains shifting the focus of this site from work to interpretation. All structured campgrounds around Barfoot peak were closed. Fortunately our regular site did not burn completely and was safe to use. Students worked to make sense of the effects of drought, land use policy that minimizes sustainable cycles of fire, increased human interaction in fragile ecological territories, and shifting climatic patterns. Lessons were palpable in what came back from their excursions and folded directly into their work.

We extended the route to our final camp to rejoin the Gila River and follow it to the Coolidge Dam on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. We stopped for lunch at this fantastic dome and buttress structure built in the late 1920’s. At Globe we turned onto Highway 60 heading north through the Salt River canyon and then east through Show Low, Springerville and Quemado. Working against the path of the sun we rolled into our camp on the edge of the Plains of San Agustin in New Mexico just as the last light was leaving the sky. The well seasoned crew set camp and started making dinner in no time.

The next day the group split in two so we could visit The Lightning Field by Walter di Maria. On the way we visited the Very Large Array to ponder astronomers making images with what they hear from deep space. Photography of The Lightning Field is still not permitted and both groups had outstanding visits indexing the daily balance of light with our senses.

Highway 52, the dirt road running along the east edge of the Plains of San Agustin and near our camp was busy with hunters pushing south into the Gila Wilderness for the beginning of elk season. It also seemed to bring poachers of pronghorn antelope as we witnessed a drive by kill site and found twelve abandoned legs. The spirits in the camp remained strong as we neared the completion of our field season and students focus on their work deepened.

With the first clouds we’d seen in two weeks it was time to load up. A bit dirtier and worn down, we packed into the vans one more time and rolled towards home, to clean up, and, to eat Los Tacos in east Lubbock. Now the students are completing their work on campus for the end of the semester critique on December 7, 2011 and the Land Arts 2011 Exhibition at the LHUCA Warehouses in Lubbock from April 7 to May 4, 2012.

A select group of images from Journey 2 are included below and more are available in the Field Reports section of this site. Our complete itinerary is online at Land Arts 2011 Itinerary.

West Texas Departure

Lunch in Pyote, Texas.

Marfa, Texas

Judd Foundation tour of The Block, Marfa, Texas.

One of our tie down straps broke in the wind toppling the cook tent at El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Working of the grounds at El Cosmico — weeding and mulching, Marfa, Texas.


Collecting mulch for the new trees at El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Walking El Cosmico with Jack Sanders, Marfa, Texas.

Cleaning up after dinner with Ginger and Jack, El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas.

Valentine, Texas

Boyd Elder and Jorge in the Saloone, Valentine, Texas.

The Saloone before starting to work, Valentine, Texas.

Mixing more mud from dust at the Saloone, Valentine, Texas.

Cactus and horse manure tea ready for mixing with adobe mud at the Saloone, Valentine, Texas.

Celeste filling in a void in the existing adobe wall at the Saloone, Valentine, Texas.

Saloone stabilized after three days work with Jose Villanueva, Valentine, Texas.

Touring Prada Marfa with Boyd Elder, Valentine, new Mexico.

El Paso, Texas

Fiesta at the house of Jesse and Irma Larriva with Robert Gonzales, Director of the Texas Tech El Paso Architecture Program, El Paso, Texas.

Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico

Arrival at Cabinetlandia in a dust storm, east of Deming, New Mexico.

Cabinet National Library, east of Deming, New Mexico.

David Gregor testing the kite before sending a camera up, Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

David Gregor mounting the camera and cradle to the kite string in preparation of flight, Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

Kite photography with David Gregor, Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

David Gregor talking about his work and the development of PORK at Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

Books David Gregor brought to share with the students, Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

Remains of the cooking pit at Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico.

Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico

Gingerly taking in the warm waters at the Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico.

Mimbres River, New Mexico

Mimbres River, Gila Wildnerness, New Mexico.

Will planing sticks to make an aerial camera mount, Mimbres River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.

Will planing sticks to make an aerial camera mount, Mimbres River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.

Celeste mapping the sun at the Mimbres River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.

Richie mapping the geometry of a fallen cottonwood tree, Mimbres River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.

Roadside Lunch

Lunch at the Tyrone Tailings Reclamation Overlook, south of Tyrone, New Mexico.

Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona

Driving into the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Hiking up to the Barfoot Lookout, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Looking north from the site of the old Barfoot Lookout cabin, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Campfire in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Bethany drawing with burnt wood in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Van positioned to maximize solar charging, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Celeste Martinez sampling color and texture in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Alex Bingham’s field notes of explorations in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona.

Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona

Arriving for lunch at the Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona. The triple dome and buttress dam was dedicated in 1930.

Stair down from the northwestern spillway at the Coolidge Dam, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona.

Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico

Base camp on the edge of the Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Celeste Martinez at the Very Large Array, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

The center of The Lightning Field, northeast of Quemado, New Mexico.

Questionable pronghorn antelope kill site, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Abandoned pronghorn antelope legs bringing further evidence to poaching, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Jupiter rising over camp, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Celeste Martinez, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Will collecting the microphone from his Tub Harp, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

2011 Participants before loading up, Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.

Back to Texas

Inside the passenger van on Highway 60, Central New Mexico.

Last of the white lunch sandwiches, Roswell, New Mexico.

Luis and the reasonably clean van, Lubbock, Texas.

Welcome back dinner at Los Tacos, Lubbock, Texas.