digital composite photo of PLATFORM
By Artist-Curator: Nathaniel Cas Ancheta
On View: 3.1.2020 – 9.1.2020
Location: 34°43’40.3″N 118°22’31.0″W
Solar Field is a curatorial project that serves as a catalyst to stimulate discussion for future research in the field of the integration of solar farms and its aesthetic impact. To begin to address this issue we must examine the functional and aesthetic dichotomy that exists within the technology. How do we feel for something that is inanimate? How do we sympathize for something that does not feel emotion? How do we relate to something that feels almost alien? How do we see past what it is and see what it could be? These are the questions at the core of this exhibition.
The aesthetic concern underlying this exhibition calls attention to a larger issue of environmental sustainability. Due to their unappealing aesthetics, homeowners and contractors are less likely to install panels on homes and commercial buildings. This results in large solar farms that colonize vast amounts of open and tribal lands, usually not too far from neighboring cities. Though these solar panels come with many benefits, they come at a price. This technology affects the environment in and around their locations; from the clearing of land which could cause desert degradation and dust abatement to disrupting the habitat of indigenous native plants animals and people.
In the Antelope Valley, CA there are approximately 3.8 million operational panels that exist in open desert. Aesthetically looking like a widespread disease, ironically exposing a mysterious and debilitating disease called Coccidioidomycosis; more commonly known as “valley fever”. By aestheticizing solar farms, we can begin to change our perspective and open up the discussion to more sustainable solutions for the integration of solar technology into the urban landscape.
This curatorial project takes on the form of a group exhibition, showcasing Platform, a 32′ x 32′ mirrored stage that guests are allowed to walk on through the entire duration of the exhibition. Throughout the duration of the exhibition Platform will serve as stage for a series of works by invited artists.
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