In October 2013, artist Phillip K. Smith III unveiled ‘Lucid Stead,’ the highly acclaimed art installation in the California high desert made using an existing seventy-year-old homesteader shack modified with mirrors and LED lights that transformed as the sun set. While the installation was in place for only a few weeks, you will now have the opportunity to view Lucid Stead in its current iteration via the ‘Lucid Stead: Four Windows and a Doorway’ exhibit at the Royale Projects gallery in Palm Desert.
In the exhibit opening on April 4, Smith pulls the light panels from their original desert home and relocates them to the gallery environment. By turning the panes toward each other, the changing hues infinitely reflect and merge within the planes while the shifting and blending light washes over the space, allowing the viewer to focus on the interaction of pure color. An opening reception with Phillip K. Smith III in attendance is being held on Friday, April 4 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Royale Projects: Contemporary Art gallery in Palm Desert (73190 El Paseo, Suite 3, Palm Desert).
Smith’s newest work, ‘Reflection Field,’ will debut on April 11, 2014 at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. As Smith’s largest light installation to date, ‘Reflection Field’ is a continuation of the artist’s examination of color theory, optics, perception, scale and technology. ‘Reflection Field’ is made up of five freestanding volumes of light and mirror scaled as large as 18 feet high and 17 feet wide. In this installation the series of objects are arranged to span a diameter of 100 feet. By day, the monolithic mirrored volumes of ‘Reflection Field’ are prisms of earth and sky, wrapped by the surrounding environment. By night, they become expansive fields of color that blend and layer through echoes of reflection. Spaces become simultaneously infinite and finite, while hues push and pull, saturating and dissolving the surroundings and periphery into pure color.
Top image © Palm Springs Style; second image courtesy of Royale Projects: Contemporary Art