Libby Barbee
Astral America
2016
Installation (digital prints mounted on plywood, sand, cacti, backpacking gear)
Inspired by Baudrillard’s brief writings about Arizona’s Monument Valley in his essay America, this piece, Astral America, is an exploration of the growing conceptual distance between popularized images of the American west, the physical places from which they originate (including each location’s geological and cultural history), and the changing meaning that the images impart on cultural activity and constructions of American “ruggedness.”
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