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Land Arts 2013 Exhibition

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) announce Land Arts 2013 Exhibition. An opening reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 4, 2014 at the LHUCA Warehouses at 1001 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Texas.

The exhibition culminates the semester-long transdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech in the College of Architecture and presents documents, objects and constructions by Edward (Ted) Carey an artist from Philadelphia with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer Elsner a designer from Richmond, Virginia with an MFA from Cranbrook, Kyle Griesmeyer an architect from Florida pursuing a masters degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Jana La Brasca an art historian from California with a bachelors degree from University of California at Berkeley, Bristen Lee Phillips a musician and artist from the Llano Estacado pursuing a bachelors degree at Texas Tech, and Jaclyn Pryor a performance/installation artist from Chicago who has a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, leads the program and was assisted in the field by Texas Tech alumni Carl Spartz. Land Arts 2013 field season was made possible with generous operational support from Andrea Nasher and student support from the James Family Foundation.

Students traveled 6,000 miles visiting locations across the Southwest camping for two months as they explored natural and human forces that shape contemporary landscapes—ranging from geology and weather to cigarette butts and hydroelectric dams. The itinerary included: White Sands, Chaco Caynon, Muley Point, Moon House, Goblin Valley, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels, Wendover – CLUI, Intrepid Potash, Double Negative, Las Vegas Piece, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Cebolla Canyon, Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, Marfa, Huaco Tanks, Cabinetlandia, Plains of San Agustin, Very Large Array, The Lightning Field, Mimbres River, Chiricahua Mountains, Twin Buttes, and Lubbock.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, 4 April 2014 from 6 – 9 pm in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trail. The exhibition will be on view Saturday afternoons from noon to 4pm and by appointment through Friday, 2 May 2014 when the exhibition will close with another First Friday Art Trail reception. To set up an appointment contact Chris Taylor by phone at 806-834-1589 or by email at chris.taylor@ttu.edu.


About Land Arts 
Land Arts of the American West is a field program investigating the intersection of geomorphology and human construction. Land art or earthworks begin with the land and extend through the complex social and ecological processes that create landscape. Encompassing constructions that range from petroglyphs to roads, dwellings, monuments and traces of those actions, earthworks show us who we are. Examining gestures small and grand, Land Arts directs our attention from potsherd, cigarette butt, and track in the sand, to human settlements, monumental artworks, and military-industrial installations. Land Arts is a semester abroad in our own back yard investigating the American landscape through immersion, action and reflection.

Land Arts 2013 field season at Texas Tech was made possible with generous operational support from Andrea Nasher and student support from the James Family Foundation. The 2013 Texas Tech field crew was composed of a sculptor, designer, architect, art historian, musician/painter, and performance artist. Future years will continue to broaden the interdisciplinary involvement from students across the Texas Tech community and participants from outside the university.

About the College of Architecture
The College of Architecture at Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock where architectural education has been offered since 1927. The college includes 850 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and 50 faculty members. Graduate certificate programs are offered in Historic Preservation, Visualization, Community Design, Rural Health Care Design, and Digital Design Fabrication, as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design. To extend the academic offerings on campus every undergraduate student participates in directed summer study abroad offerings in places such as Montreal, Paris, Seville, Valparaiso and Verona. The presence of Land Arts within the college expands the range of field study connecting teaching and research directly to landscapes we inhabit.

About the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
The mission of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is to inspire and enrich our community by being a catalyst for the arts. Celebrating eleven years of serving our community, LHUCA is proud to announce this fabulous addition of the Warehouses on Mac Davis Lane and Studio Flats as part of the expanding LHUCA Campus. Our campus, located on a two city block area of downtown Lubbock, is the heart of the cultural district. The campus includes the FireHouse Building with a state-of-the-art theatre and four exhibition galleries, the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio, and the IceHouse that provides rehearsal, event and gallery spaces. The Graffiti Building, equipped with a classroom and teaching gallery space, will open in April of this year. The newly acquired Warehouses will provide alternative exhibition and studio spaces for creative works that reach beyond the traditional gallery presentation. Land Arts 2012 Exhibition will continue to demonstrate the flexible use of this space and serve as a magnet for the cultural growth and educational dialog between creator and viewer. The Board of Trustees and staff of LHUCA invite you to join us in celebrating the redevelopment and renovation of the cultural heart of Lubbock.


If you would like more information about Land Arts or to schedule an interview with Chris Taylor contact him by phone at 806-834-1589 or by email at chris.taylor@ttu.edu. Additional information about the College of Architecture can be found by visiting http://arch.ttu.edu, and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts by visiting http://lhuca.org.

Image: Twin Buttes camp, near White Sands, New Mexico, 27 October 2013, by Chris Taylor.

One celebrity + one well-known artist =

Agnes Martin Scorcese
Ai Wei Waylon Jennings
Ansel Adamsandler
Anselm Kiefer Sutherland
Bruce Lee Lozano
Carl Andre 3000
Cindy Sherman Helmsley
Donald Judd Apatow
Elton John Chamberlain
Ellsworth Kelly Rowland
George Michael Heizer
Gilbert & George Clooney
Jacques-Louis David Bowie
Jeff Gordon Matta-Clark Kent
Joan Jonas Bros.
John Freida Kahlo
Kara Walker Texas Ranger
Keith Richardserra
Lenny Bruce Nauman
Matthew Barney Rubble
Man Ray Romano
Mark E. Mark Rothko
Michael Jackson Pollock
Morris Louis CK
Peter Gabriel Orozco
Rick James Turrell
Salvador Dalí Parton
Siegfried and Roy Lichtenstein
Steely Dan Flavin
Tacita Dean Martin
Toby Keith Haring
Woody Allen Kaprow

Somewhere in Texas
A young cowboy dreams
Of a day when the buffalo roamed
And he wished he had lived then
‘Cause he knew that he could’ve been
The best cowboy the world had ever known
He went dancin’ at night
With his San Antone rose
The one he would marry someday
To the music of Bob Wills and polkas and waltzes
While beautiful time passed away
~ Willie Nelson


Cabinetlandia, Luna County, New Mexico
10.12.13, 9:41am
4 rounds of Boggle, 3.5 cups of Folgers

Like an avalanche of glitter glue, like a head-on collision between semi trucks containing jars of pickles, like an accidental encounter in the time-space continuum between Mark Twain and Mariah Carey, some phenomena produce a cataclysmic reaction, causing the texture of the universe to realign, if even for a moment, along new axes of communication among time, space, and matter. Like these universe-altering moments, spelling “BOGGLE” with Boggle cubes could cause a paradigm shift in the cosmic fabric of our world.

Upon its revelation, terrestrial and aerial worlds (re)unite, atomic material rearranges. Clouds of confetti coalesce and explode, raining down or up from above or below. Filled and frothing champagne flutes appear in nearby hands, unfurling, spitting and popping dewy morning drunkenness. Six elephants traverse the landscape, sounding trunks, waggling tails, trampling lovemaking grasshoppers and tall, wavy grasses. Mesquite spikes bloom, scintillatingly golden, orange, brightest crimson; they vibrate sharply with the bluely rising, growing mass of the Boggle cube as it strains to unite with the totality of surrounding physical space.

Even closed eyes are blinded by its glowing mass, visible to passing railroad operators and truckers as a riot of color, growing less contained with each passing nanosecond. Forty acrobats swing from unseen tethers across the scene, disappearing in an instant, unmade just as quickly as they’ve materialized. Likewise, champagne evaporates, elephants sublimate, confetti disappears, and this Moon County Cabinet Wasteland appears as it was: desolate, dusty, uncompromising, and totally absurd.