On the weekend of October 12 in Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K. Smith III revealed his most recent light-based project, Lucid Stead. Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming, in daylight the 70-year-old homesteader shack serves as the focus, reflecting and refracting the surrounding terrain like a mirage or hallucination.
As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.
Smith states, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”
If you’d like to see more of his work, Smith just opened a solo exhibition of lightworks at royale projects : contemporary art in Palm Desert. Additionally, his work will be featured at UNTITLED art fair in Miami beginning December 1.