Cultivating Desert Ideas at the TRITON ART GALLERY

Reception: 2PM-5PM Friday March 16th 2018, in the areas near VAF 228, UCSD
Spring 2018

Coming Soon, Isaac Fehr 2019

Calzona Collective: Cultivating Desert Ideas is continuing research on the rebirth of a desert city, Calzona, CA. Calzona was stillborn in the in the early 1970s when the land was subdivided into “double wide” size lots near the Colorado River. Streets such as Main St, Calzona Ave, Gobi Ave, and Atacama Ave were bulldozed into the Colorado desert in a sort of accidental 70s land art reflection on poorly regulated urban planning. Calzona’s redevelopment began Spring 2016. For this project a team of architects and artists developed proposals for the site in the context of a history of commercial real estate fraud dating back to some of the United States’ first supreme court cases (The Marshall Trilogy), incidents such as the Pine Barrens and Yazoo land scandals that roiled large parts of the nation through much of the 19th century, the related Trail of Tears genocide, shady recreational land sales practices that gave us the term “Swampland in Florida”, the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007-8 that led to the Great Recession, as well as a wide swath of Southern California desert art including the Wonder Valley art scene, with which Calzona shares a zip code.

Construction begins in Spring 2020, I.F. Holdings Construction
Visitors Center at 1 Calzona Ave designed by Francisco Duran

The exhibition features works by:

Sidney Gao
Brian Kim
Diego Guardado
Alvin Pascua
Francisco Duran
Yunshen Wu
Nick Phalen
Areli Margarita Alvarez
Chengxu Zhou
Isaac Fehr
Stephanie Menhart
You Zhang & Ruisheng Wang
Yifei Xie & Jialiman Sun
Jeffry Jaman
Steven Porter
Akira Mariano
Chengzhang Zhang


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