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April 14, 2020

VIDEO: Illuminations with Joe Glasco

Partner in the Doty Glasco collaborative pair on mythmaking in the American West
Two people stand in an art installation featuring of a grid of 20 small landscapes and two large “windows” hung on a wall
Doty Glasco's Valley of the Sun, on view in Bright Golden Haze.

The American West is in Joe Glasco's blood. The 32-year-old artist was raised in Santa Fe among a creative family, including his great uncle who was friends with the likes of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Georgia O'Keeffe. Considering his proximity to this rich lineage of southwestern art, it's no wonder the region takes center stage in Valley of the Sun, a collaborative installation between Glasco and his wife JR Doty.

Under the moniker Doty Glasco, the duo's work in our now-delayed Bright Golden Haze explores the region's nostalgic quality in our cultural imagination through a delicate play of light, place and space. Incorporating archival photographs from an Arizona tourism magazine, Valley of the Sun prompts viewers to consider the historic use of landscape imagery to encourage westward expansion in service of the mythic American West.

In today's installment of our Illuminations video series, Joe Glasco talks about working with archive materials to create a space that transcends boundaries and sparks reflection on our relationship to the land.

Image: Doty Glasco, Valley of the Sun installation, 2015. Archival pigment prints of found images on silk, poplar, walnut, mirrors, acrylic medium. Dimensions variable (ca. 11 x 11 ft.). Courtesy of the artist. Photos by Alex Marks.

Photo of Joe Glasco by Dennis Spielman.

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