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Southwest Desert Art Project Includes Commentary on Self-Storage


High Desert Test Sites (HDTS), an expansive art project that extended between Joshua Tree, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 12-19, featured several eclectic works, including “Self Storage” by artist Lars Fisk. The display, featuring a depiction of a generic self-storage building hiding a real Volkswagen camper inside, was a commentary on rampant consumerism and the proliferation of self-storage facilities across the nation, according to the show’s organizers.

“As a direct result of our maxed-out consumerism, row after row of identical storage units with their prefabricated, roll-up doors have been cropping up all across the country, and a great new industry is booming,” organizers said in the HDTS description of the exhibit. “‘Self Storage’ is a pop-up architectural folly that, when deployed in any empty lot, masks an ordinary Volkswagen camper as ‘just another’ self-storage building; discrete minimalist housing for otherwise private property.”

Art displays were set up in remote sites, using the stark desert Southwest as a backdrop. Many of the 60 exhibits were commentaries on modern-day issues, according to the source. This was the 10th year organizers have held the event, which drew visitors from around the world.


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