Arid Lands

2013 ArtPrize Entry
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Alex S. MacLean, Desert Housing Block, Las Vegas, NV 2009, from the series Arid Lands. This is one of three photos being included in the 2013 ArtPrize entry at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art. Statement about Arid Lands: The expansion of habitation into the desert reveals how cultural and economic forces are slow to adapt to, and even ignore, the realities of nature. These pictures show land traditionally surveyed and divided for ownership and laid-out to be accessed by motorized vehicles, a built landscape that is neither sustainable nor self-sufficient. The settlement pattern defies nature in the face of climate change as other habitats are simultaneously upended along low-lying coastal areas and in forested fire zones. The images subliminally question our values and collective reality beyond the settlements seen on these arid lands.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: Digital C-Photograph
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 30 inches

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

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  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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