2007 - Taos: Earth

New Mexico Arts presented the third annual TIME – Temporary Installations Made for the Environment in Taos in fall 2007. New Mexican artists from throughout the state were invited to create temporary environmental artworks based on the theme of earth. Ten artworks were exhibited in and around Taos, New Mexico; sites included Taos Center for the Arts, the Harwood Museum of Art, the University of New Mexico – Taos, KTAO (101.9fm) Solar Radio and Five Magazine, and the Taos News. The artworks were displayed for approximately two months, and at the end of the exhibition were dissembled and removed leaving no trace of ever having existed.

Participating TIME artists included Kendra Grace Brock, Joe Barron, Steve Storz, Sabra Sowell-Lovejoy, Zoe Wolfe and Steven Shelendich, EKphrasis, Harlan Emil Gruber, Jana Greiner, Chrissie Orr, and Richard Lowenberg.

Featured Work:

e-ART-h—Chrissie Orr
Chrissie created a mandala using local materials including earth of different colors, sand, clay, river stones, rocks, and broken ceramic ware, collected from the community, compost, native wild seeds, seed balls, turmeric, corn flour, and chile.

Ground Truth—Richard Lowenberg
Small digital sensors will monitor site imagery, such as light, sounds, wind speed, temperature, motion, ground moisture, or other selected eco-information. This information will then be translated to a website.

Pozo de la Mundo—Jana Greiner
Pozo de la Mundo is a water catchment vessel made of earth. This piece represents the life-cycle of our planet.

Open panels featured keyholes suspended at different levels. The viewer was invited to look through a keyhole and respond to the experience by choosing from a wide selection of words written on magnetic cards.

Cycla—Kendra Grace Brock
Life-size adobe-like clay figures appeared emerging from the earth in four segments. The figures were imbedded with rusted metal objects, found wood, and local dried plants and flowers.

Moon Pool—Joe Barron
The work referenced the earth as a globe suspended in a water feature.

Interactive Shrine—Zoe Wolfe & Steven Shelendich
The sculpture was comprised of four adobe walls that came together as a cross to create four spaces that reference the four directions.

Sapphire Portal & Emerald Portal—Harlan Emil Gruber
The Sapphire Portal explored the relationship of the dodecahedron and icosahedron. By realizing the shapes in a size and form that people could interact with, it provided a direct experience of this planetary transformation that can be applied to personal transformation.

Sapphire Portal was on display after returning from the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Emerald Portal was installed in its place at the site earlier on.

Earth's Inner Core Sandbox—Sabra Sowell-Lovejoy
The sculpture a six-foot round sandbox was separated into three separate sections representing the exterior of the earth with dark colored sand, the inner core tangent cylinder with yellow sand, and the inner core with a ceramic sphere.

It Came from the Landfill!—Steve Storz
It Came From the Landfill! was a heap of technological scraps partially covered by dirt with a large tentacle shaped element that protruded from the heap and curled into the air.