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Desert X with Phillip K. Smith III

April 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Phillip K. Smith III
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium | Pitzer College, Claremont, CA | FREE
Talk and Q&A followed by a reception for the Artist

Claremont Heritage is delighted to welcome one of Southern California’s most innovative artists to Claremont. Fresh on the heels of a critically acclaimed major installation at Desert X, Phillip K. Smith III explores the faltering dichotomy between design and nature through the contextual lens of his art. In a rare public forum, Smith will examine five of his recent large-scale, temporary installations including the internationally renowned Lucid Stead (2013) in Joshua Tree, California, and Reflection Field (2014) and Portals (2016), both of which debuted at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. 1/4 Mile Arc (2016), was commissioned to be installed at Laguna Beach’s Main Beach as part of Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature project. His most recent large-scale installation, The Circle of Land and Sky can be viewed through April 30th at Desert X 2017, an international contemporary art exhibition in the Coachella Valley that focuses on environmental, social, and cultural conditions of the 21st century.

Born in Los Angeles in 1972, Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design before returning to the Southern California desert where he was raised. Building upon explorations in the perception of light, color, and space, he creates intensely physical and seemingly ephemeral sculptures.

Smith has been featured in major solo and group exhibitions. His monumental works are sited throughout California and at venues beyond, including Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, and Oklahoma City. Recently he has been commissioned to create permanent, light-based works for the City of West Hollywood and the City of Bellevue, Washington. The artist and his works have been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Art in America, Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Chris Van Ueffelen’s book 500 x Art in Public, and Henry M. Sayre’s textbook A World of Art.


April 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Benson Auditorium
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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