Hillside as Darkness

In looking at potential sites for an installation in Joshua Tree, Allen Compton was taken by the darkness he experienced his first night there. With the landscape only barely visible, he found it difficult to understand his physical relationship to the shapes that he could see. This space created by the darkness vacillated between the forms that he recalled seeing during the daytime, a completely flat silhouette, and a void. It was this ambiguous experience between knowing and projecting that Allen wished to explore with the light installationHillside as Darkness.

The line of tiny blue lights installed on the hillside suggests some of the forms that exist in the darkness. This simple gestural line of light makes a small portion of one of the ridgelines across the hills, highlighting the inability to understand the physical presence of these masses. Without any visible shape to define or fix these forms, it becomes a space of emptiness and possibility.