Neville Wakefield is the Curator and Artistic Director of Desert X, a site-specific contemporary art exhibition ongoing throughout the Coachella Valley from February 25 to April 30, 2017. RIOT MATERIAL spoke with Neville on the eve of Desert X’s launch.
RIOT MATERIAL: What is it about these artists you’ve selected for Desert X that speak to you personally, or speak to a greater vision you’re trying to articulate through the exhibition, and I refer to them more as an inter-connective group as opposed to distinct individuals? How, for instance, does Lita Albuquerque compliment or provide illustrative contrast to Philip K. Smith, or Richard Prince as compliment or in contrast to the Date Farmers, and how do these complimentary or contrasting interplays speak to the grander vision that is Desert X? To that idea, what was your initial choice of artists and how did that come about? [Read More…]