Four hundred (400) craters, built over a span of the size of two America football fields, were dug in Palm Springs, CA in the winter of 2017. The holes in the desert were mapped and dug into the sediment, brightly lit neon tubes aligned the perimeters of each crater, which the viewer can see that from a distance, reads the exploded phrase “I am”. This catalog represents the full installation process along with artist notes, and images.
Soft-bound catalog for "I am", which was installed in the Palm Springs desert in the winter of 2017. Includes a custom ziplock bag, and a printed acetate sleeve.
Published by Isolated Labs INC.
Edited by Shaheen Merali
Designed by Erica Sellers
7.25” x 9.5”; 1st edition
Soft-bound catalog in printed acetate sleeve, and custom ziplock
Included: Shovel/Stand, Coordinate card, white flag
Signed by Tavares Strachan
Limited Edition of 290
33°47'38.3" N 116°23'44.0" W
33°47'38.3" N 116°23'44.0" W
From almost the beginnings of mankind-recorded history, the desert has been a place that people have turned to understand the mysteries of the universe. Whether delivered as ancient biblical rites of being cast into the wilderness or the neo-religions of psychotropic exploration, it is a canvas upon which every form of meaning has been projected and sought, a place where we go to find ourselves even as we may not know what we are looking for.Its extreme abstraction is antithetical to language. It is a place where narrative founders and falters, where the within and the without mingle and figments of the imagination - of UFO’s and visitations - become part of a psycho-scape that is written in the timeless elements of sand, sky, light and darkness, but also etched in the topographies of the mind.
And so it comes as no surprise that the existential meteorite that is Tavares Strachan’s ‘I am’ should have impacted itself at this time and place in the SoCal desert. Its impression on the landscape itself is equal parts ancient and modern. Its impression on those who have gone to the desert to find something other than themselves is fundamental to the narrative of art.
- Neville Wakefield || Artistic Direction of Desert X
Tavares Strachan was born in 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas, and currently lives and works between New York City and Nassau, Bahamas. He received a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2006. Strachan’s work has been shown extensively around the world in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
His solo shows include Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home Again at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2010); Orthostatic Tolerance:Launching from an Infinite Distance at Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO (2010); Tavares Strachan: Orthostatic Tolerance at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia (2009); Where We Are is Always Miles Away at The Luggage Store, San Francisco,CA (2006); and The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want at Albury Sayle Primary School, Nassau, The Bahamas (2006). In 2013, Strachan represented the Bahamas in the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennale.
Tavares Strachan has engineered a multidisciplinary artistic practice that mobilizes our visual, intellectual, and emotional faculties. Aeronautical and astronomical science, deep-sea exploration, and extreme climatology are but some of the thematic arenas out of which Strachan creates performative allegories that tell of cultural displacement human aspiration, and mortal limitation.