Landshift

Landshift is a kinetic sculpture shaped by histories of land exchange within the United States. More particularly, influence comes from 20th and 21st century land dealings (including those of California Pines, California and Cape Coral, Florida) which involved the selling of conventionally undesirable or unusable land to remote buyers who were promised something else entirely in both ways of function and aesthetics.  As a result, many of these parcels were sold back by the buyers for significantly less than they paid. Landshift performs this cycle in the way of two sculpted hands exchanging desert soil endlessly. The hands themselves never touch, rather, soil is passed through a tube —  a sort of buffering and distancing is embedded in the act. The soil used in the piece comes from the site in which the other Calzona Collective pieces are situated, a remote parcel in a Subdivision for a community that was never built in the California desert. Through this, material evidence of the land exists within the work. The installation of the piece, to be done in the near future, offers two compelling opportunities: installation on the Calzona parcel, to enact exchange on a representative site among other work, or installation outside of such a site, which allows for a sort of physical extension of the parcel and the history of which it is part.

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