Preview of “Cache” installation at Joshua Tree

Cache is a sculptural land art installation. An 300lb white concrete sculpture was hand-cast to form an 8ft x 5ft fossilized motherboard circuit. It was transported into the Mohave desert and settled into the landscape just outside Joshua Tree National Park. A collection of previously recorded NASA satellite images was enlisted — each one a survey, a moment of human impact on our planet. Once projected onto the sculpture, each image becomes a beautiful distortion of human-caused patterns; fragments of data that create brilliant color, light and form as they contour within the topography of the fossilized motherboard details.

This process was captured within a time lapse video spanning from dusk until dawn. Daylight hours reveal the bone-white fossil with little evidence of glowing patterns. As dusk proceeds, colorful forms of data and patterns emerge. They slowly develop into to a peak of visual brilliance in the dark of night only to recede again in the morning twilight as the new day begins.

Below is a small preview in collaboration with artist Sean Deckert who photographed the installation and produced the time lapsed video. The full video will be on view at the opening of “Litmus” on November 1st at Gebert Contemporary 7-9PM.

This installation was made possible, in part, with a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Special collaborative thanks goes to several artists whom I have the good fortune to call friends! Thank you to Cody Carpenter who was instrumental in helping this sculpture be built and Seti Gershberg for all his film production consulting and insights; Abbey Messmer, Craig Randich, Fausto Fernandez and Monica Fernandez Casal for their road trip navigation, encouragement and work behind the scenes. And many others who lent their insights, sweat and skillsets to help bring this art installation into reality. Documented on location at the amazing Bungalow in the Boulders in Joshua Tree where the sculpture will remain.

Los Angeles + upcoming exhibitions this fall

During last 10 months I’ve been focused and dedicated countless hours to research and new studio processes to further build upon my 2017 body of work. I’m really excited about this new work and the fall schedule of upcoming exhibits that include Los Angeles, Arizona State University and Gebert Contemporary.

Phoenix Art Now, ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. Sept. 7th – 30th

A Matter of Public Record at Durden & Ray Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 8th – 29th, 2018. Opening Reception Sept. 8, 7-10pm

LITMUSA solo exhibition, Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ.
SAVE THE DATE: Opening Reception Nov. 1st, 7-10pm
Nov. 1st – Dec. 6th, 2018

PROJECT UPDATE: LAND ART INSTALLATION “CACHE”

Project Update! In February 2018, after receiving a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the 300lb concrete motherboard was being finished and I began working on digital collages of satellite imagery. Each collage captures a form of human impact on our planet visible from space. These images will be digitally looped & broadcast directly onto the large land sculpture. The sculpture has now been placed into it’s remote location under the cosmos near Joshua Tree National Forest awaiting its broadcast and video time-lapse documentation. The video will be included in the upcoming exhibit opening November 1st, 2018 at Gebert Contemporary. Updates also available on Facebook and Instagram.

UPCOMING LAND ART INSTALLATION: CACHE’

Images of a new 8ft x 5ft concrete monolith, “Cache” as it cures & finds a nesting spot until transported to its remote Sonoran landscape for video time-lapse & projection. Last year I applied for an artist research grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. I’m honored to be one of 18 grant recipients selected. My research proposed funding to expand my knowledge of sculpture-related materials, technologies, and casting processes all while pushing boundaries of my sculptural installations to expand in size, environment & technologies. Funding will also help facilitate the transport and video documentation of the installation into the Sonoran Desert. Progress images will be added here and on social media: Facebook and Instagram

CONCRETE JEWELRY COMMISSION

In March I was commissioned to create 23 concrete pendants with wood inlays. Not just any wood – each piece handcut from the root of a very special tree in San Francisco (since cut down by the city) thus connecting each piece to the tree and to each other. Each will be given as gifts to those involved with this iconic tree and it’s art project nearly 10 years ago. I love the meaningful projects and commissions like this one and welcome more opportunities like this. You can see more of the handcrafted jewelry visit my Sano Studio website here.

UPCOMING CALIFORNIA COMMISSION

Excited this piece, Migration of Fibroblasts (2014) is the inspiration behind a new commissioned wall installation for a commercial space in California this fall! Details and progress images soon. You can also follow my Instagram for project updates.

ART SALON INVITATION IN PARADISE VALLEY

You’re invited to a Art Salon at a private residence on Sunday, April 8th from 2-5pm. The art salon will feature several works from 7 artist, each in attendance: Rembrandt Quiballo (salon curator), Danielle Wood, Jessica Paloma, Travis Ivey, Camila Galofre, Papay Solomon, and myself. If you would like to attend, email me at christine@christinecassano.com to get the residential address and directions.

PLAN B: A COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP

In February, I attended 4 day advanced fabrication workshop called “PLAN B Collaborative” at Architectural Concrete Interiors. This event brought together 65 from around the world to Phoenix to bring their skill sets of and collaborate on 20 large-scale projects based in concrete, wood and metal. I had the good fortune of being able to bring one crazy big concrete art project into this mix. Images below are a quick glimpse of what 16hr days together looks like. It’s where I had the privilege to meet, hang out, and work with the most talented, funny, knowledgeable, crazy, kind, hardcore, driven and passionate group of fabricators I know. It’s hard to explain to outsiders, but it’s about the bonds created by these project challenges of going just beyond what might be possible. It takes an infusion of talent, hardcore work hours and stupid shenanigans to bring them across the finish line. It’s the true collaboration that creates the magic from which a hive mind mentality emerges. We tackled 20 large custom projects – I learned so much, was encouraged by everyone and walked away completely inspired by working with so many who give everything they have to what they do. Thank you to Damian Taylor & Florence Darling for capturing these awesome images. Thank you to Cody and his family for making this training a reality.

ARIZONA COMMISSION ON THE ARTS GRANT

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Arizona Commission on Arts Grant. The commission, which is one of 56 art agencies affiliated with the National Endowment for the Arts, works to strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. Details in the Phoenix New Times article and on the Arizona Commission of the Arts website.