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YUCCA VALLEY—Mojave Project at Unpaved Gallery
March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 am – April 21, 2019 @ 10:00 amFree
YUCCA VALLEY—From March 16 to April 21, 2019, view an exhibition of artist Kim Stringfellow’s Mojave Project at Unpaved Gallery.
The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary and curatorial project, led by Kim Stringfellow, exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for our audience. The Mojave Project explores the following themes: Desert as Wasteland, Geological Time vs. Human Time, Sacrifice and Exploitation, Danger and Consequence, Space and Perception, Mobility and Movement, Desert as Staging Ground, Transformation and Reinvention.
The Mojave Project materializes over time through deep research and direct field inquiry involving interviews, reportage and personal journaling supported with still photography, audio and video documentation. Field Dispatches are shared throughout the production period at this site and through their publishing partner, KCET Artbound. Installments include those of notable guest contributors. A program of public field trip experiences and satellite events explore the diverse communities and sites of the Mojave Desert. The initial phase of the project is designed to make ongoing research transparent, inviting the audience into the conversation as the project develops. Ultimately, this project is an attempt to create a comprehensive transmedia repository of knowledge relating to the contemporary Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project will culminate as a large-scale traveling exhibition, incorporating published research journals, photographs, videos, documents and maps along with other collected ephemera and objects gathered over the five-year production period.
Unpaved Gallery is an artist run space dedicated to cultivating a dialog of contemporary art in the Mojave Desert. A shipping container has been transformed into the main gallery space which sits on five acres of untamed landscape of the high desert. Their mission is to create an opportunity for the local community and international artist to exhibit their work in this unique environment. Open hours are posted on Instagram and also available by appointment.
The Mojave Project is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.