9 episodes

Desert X is a contemporary art exhibition framed by the mountains and desert of the Coachella Valley. On this podcast, we’ll introduce you to some of the artists of Desert X 2019. Their site-specific artworks range from murals and projections to large-scale sculptures and virtual installations. And they take on big themes like fossil fuel use, rising sea levels, and class divides. Desert X runs from Feb 9 - April 21, 2019.

The series is presented by Lead Sponsor PROJECT EVELOZCITY, which is creating electric vehicles that will be available by subscription.    

Desert X Podcast Desert X

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.7, 13 Ratings

Desert X is a contemporary art exhibition framed by the mountains and desert of the Coachella Valley. On this podcast, we’ll introduce you to some of the artists of Desert X 2019. Their site-specific artworks range from murals and projections to large-scale sculptures and virtual installations. And they take on big themes like fossil fuel use, rising sea levels, and class divides. Desert X runs from Feb 9 - April 21, 2019.

The series is presented by Lead Sponsor PROJECT EVELOZCITY, which is creating electric vehicles that will be available by subscription.    

    Sterling Ruby's fluorescent orange monolith

    Sterling Ruby's fluorescent orange monolith

    "I love getting out of a gallery," says Sterling Ruby. His piece for Desert X, "Specter," is a ghostly rectangular shape that looks like an optical illusion. The bright orange color contrasts with the dusty chaparral and the white peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains, and as Ruby tells us, it's a color he associates with hunting season from his rural Pennsylvania upbringing. It also suggests prison uniforms and construction road hazards, a warning color that visitors have flocked to since it was installed.

    • 21 min
    Iván Argote's point of view

    Iván Argote's point of view

    Five wood and concrete staircases make up Iván Argote's "A Point of View." It's no surprise that the security guard of the construction site asked if he could return with friends to have drinks. His installation for Desert X 2019, he says, is "about making a common place where we can have a dialogue," while offering new vantage points on the ecological and social issues surrounding the Salton Sea. Curator Matthew Schum says Argote is "able to create communities around the work that he makes."

    • 13 min
    Gary Simmons recaptures memories

    Gary Simmons recaptures memories

    "Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark" is a stack of speakers constructed out of salvaged wood from post-Katrina New Orleans. Performers rearrange the speakers and play music. Videos of the performances play on a loop, and the cigarette butts and beer bottles from the audience are left in place. LA-based artist Gary Simmons, known for his "erasure drawings," explains how the installation ties together dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Coachella festival, and the "Shangri-la" quality of the area.

    • 22 min
    Kathleen Ryan constructs a Ghost Palm on a fault line

    Kathleen Ryan constructs a Ghost Palm on a fault line

    Kathleen Ryan is a sculptor who has created an artwork for Desert X 2019 called "Ghost Palm." The transparent plastic and steel evocation of a full-size palm tree, with a skirt of acrylic rods, sits on the San Andreas at a spa in Desert Hot Springs. In this episode Ryan and Desert X curator Amanda Hunt reflect on moving out of the white box gallery; the “invisible mythological power” that drew Ryan to the site; and the inspiration from the iconic palm tree.

    • 16 min
    Cristóbal Martínez of Postcommodity on listening to desert architecture

    Cristóbal Martínez of Postcommodity on listening to desert architecture

    Postcommodity challenges enthusiasts of midcentury modern homes in the Coachella Valley to look at these houses through new eyes. The indigenous art collective, made up of Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist, has created a sound installation for Desert X 2019 called "It Exists in Many Forms." It's installed at the Wave House, a midcentury modern home in Palm Desert that is being restored.

    This series is presented by PROJECT EVELOZCITY, which is creating electric vehicles available by subscription.

    • 20 min
    Nancy Baker Cahill's ephemeral sculptures

    Nancy Baker Cahill's ephemeral sculptures

    Nancy Baker Cahill reinvents land art with two augmented reality artworks, “Margin of Error” at the Salton Sea and “Revolutions” over a wind farm northwest of Palm Springs. Hear how she went about creating this "zero environmental impact artwork" that "marries the most natural environment to the most futuristic."

    This series is presented by PROJECT EVELOZCITY, which is creating electric vehicles that will be available by subscription.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

loftgal ,

Desert X

Well paced, thoughtfully produced and informative podcast that provides information about the artist’s and curator’s visions, processes, values and purposes.

Worthwhile even if you cannot experience the art in situ.

thelma2222 ,

DX19 a confusing presentation

Next time, one App, one event. Consolidate all aspects of Desert X into one app for us so that we can access the map, listen to the artists, read info, look @ a stupid 4th wall for lazy artists. Please don’t make us look for 3 different apps w 3 diff names. One Instagram site & one Twitter feed. Is it that difficult to organize your social media? Jump into the new millennium w us.

creatorofsounds ,

What an inspiring event..

Was out there a week ago, can’t say it was exactly life transforming but definitely lifted my spirits and reminded me of my artist self which I buried in my mid teen years. So glad to hear the artist themselves and get into their creative process.

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