Andrea Zittel: Planar Pavilions at A-Z West
High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA
Co-founded by artist Andrea Zittel in 2002, the non-profit High Desert Test Sites supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists and thinkers in the High Desert of southern California. HDTS works closely with several public and private locations, including Zittel’s A-Z West: the site of Zittel’s home, studio, and experimental designs in living. For 2017, VIA supported Zittel’s Planar Pavilions at A-Z West, a new series of large-scale outdoor artworks to be permanently presented by High Desert Test Sites on ten acres adjacent to A-Z West. Ten cement block sculptures intersect the topography, creating architectural spaces that provoke both physical and perceptual engagement and introduce immersive “fields of reality” throughout the desert landscape.
Zittel’s practice has long focused on experimenting with living spaces in order to better understand the human condition. With Planar Pavilions at A-Z West, she seeks to not only promote exchange between artists, but to open up dialogue with the public at large. The installation is permanently open to the public for regular visiting hours, seven days a week.