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Francis Kéré and Office Kovacs Among 2019 Coachella Installations

13:00 - 15 April, 2019
Francis Kéré and Office Kovacs Among 2019 Coachella Installations, Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber
Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber

The 2019 Coachella Arts and Music Festival has begun with installations by Francis Kéré, Office Kovacs, and NEWSUBSTANCE in Indio, California. The festival opened to the public for its 20th year with a lineup featuring Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande as the headliners for the two-weekend experience. Over half a dozen large-scale installations have been built at Coachella featuring the work of up-and-coming artists, designers and architects.

Spectra 2019. Image © Lance Gerber MISMO. Image © Lance Gerber Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber H.i.P.O.. Image © Lance Gerber + 16

19 Contemporary Installations Dotted Across the Coachella Valley Desert

11:00 - 27 February, 2019
19 Contemporary Installations Dotted Across the Coachella Valley Desert, Desert X installation view, John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017, 2017-2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X
Desert X installation view, John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017, 2017-2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X

19 installations have been unveiled across the California Desert as part of the Desert X international contemporary art exhibition. The second edition of the exhibition, running from February 9th to April 21st, 2019, is free and open to the public, and seeks to “activate the desert landscape through nineteen site-specific installations and performances by some of today’s most recognized international contemporary artists.”

Co-curated Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum, the exhibition explores ideas of site-specificity, framing post-industrial art and the interactive possibilities it contains. The 2019 edition includes film projects and process-driven works, spanning 50 miles across the Coachella Valley into Mexico.

Desert X installation view, Cecilia Bengolea, Mosquito Net, 2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X Desert X installation view, Armando Lerma, Visit Us in the Shape of Clouds, 2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X Desert X installation view, Superflex, Dive-In, 2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X Desert X installation view, Sterling Ruby, Specter, 2019. Image © Lance Gerber, courtesy of Desert X + 21

NEWSUBSTANCE's Coachella Pavilion Takes Visitors on a Journey of Light and Color

16:00 - 16 April, 2018

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UK-based design studio NEWSUBSTANCE has debuted at the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival with a seven-floor pavilion taking visitors on an “ever-changing journey of light, color and perspective.” The 75-foot-high (23-meter-high) pavilion named “Spectra” consists of a spiral form featuring an observation deck at its peak, projecting a rainbow band of color.

The dazzling color scheme is produced by the separation of light waves by their varying degrees of refraction, embodying the lively spirit of the Coachella festival. Through this manipulation of the physical properties of light, Spectra is capable of producing over 16 million colors.

Edoardo Tresoldi Unveils Neoclassical Wire Mesh Sculpture at Coachella Festival

12:00 - 16 April, 2018
Edoardo Tresoldi Unveils Neoclassical Wire Mesh Sculpture at Coachella Festival , © Roberto Conte
© Roberto Conte

Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi, known for his majestic wire mesh sculptures, has unveiled his biggest artwork to date for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Titled “Etherea,” the site-specific installation represents the culmination of Tresoldi's research in the music field, realized as three transparent structures taking inspiration from Neoclassical and Baroque architecture.

The Italian artist has established a reputation for wire mesh sculptures, having been named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential European artists. The Etherea sculpture represents the artist’s investigation into architecture as a tool for contemplation, a “dedicated space where the sky and clouds are narrated through the language of classical architecture.”

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