Who Are the Visual Artists Creating Works for Coachella 2022?
Artworks from another U.S. festival, Burning Man, are traveling to England's Chatsworth House this month.
The Coachella Music and Art Festival grounds in 2019. Photo: Lance Gerber.
In addition to musical acts such as Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Doja Cat, visitors to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will encounter 11 large-scale installations when the event returns after a two year hiatus. It takes place at the Empire Polo Field over two weekends, 15–17 and 22–24 April.
'In the same way music is a universal language, the experience of these new spaces invites connectedness and adds an iconic sense of place in the spirit of the Festival,' said Paul Clemente, Art Director for Coachella.
Visual artists returning this year include Coachella's 'balloon guy' Robert Bose, whose over-400-meter-long Balloon Chain installations arc across the sky above concert-goers, and UK art and design studio NEWSUBSTANCE, who won the International Design Awards Gold Prize for their Coachella installation Spectra in 2018.
Also returning are Santa Fe artist Don Kennel's gigantic animal sculptures, Los Angeles-based creative team Do LaB's interactive stage designs, and art by local after-school arts group Raices Cultura from the City of Coachella.
Newcomers to the festival this year include Coachella Valley local, Cristopher Cichocki, who will run a pavilion based on his continually-evolving immersive multi-sensory installation and performance work Circular Dimensions; New York and Rome-based architectural studio Architensions, who will erect five interconnected towers clad with coloured film and mirrors.
Other artists showing this year include husband and wife duo Los Dos, Buenos Aires-based architecture and design firm Estudio Normal, Dutch designer Kiki Van Eijk, and Romanian Architect Oana Stanciu, who has previously collaborated with Kanye West, the late Virgil Abloh, and The New Museum.
'My hope is that [the installations] will surprise, inspire and inform, creating personal memories and serving as lasting beacons for the Festival,' said Clemente.
Burning Man Sculptures at Chatsworth House
Artworks from another American festival, Burning Man, will appear in a sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire England from 9 April to 1 October.
The exhibition Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man will see the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire's country seat peppered with eight popular sculptures shown at past Burning Man Festivals and four new works created on-site.
Among works familiar to Burning Man revellers will be Christina Sporrong's enterable, non-binary head The Flybrary (2019), and Adrian Landon's kinetic Wings of Glory (2019). Three of the new works that will be built through the year model the participatory ethos of Burning Man, being created collaboratively with local community groups.
Burning Man has drawn and inspired a range of contemporary visual artists including Leo Villareal, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, and Amsterdam-based art collective DRIFT who lit up the skies of Burning Man with a performance by 300 drones in 2018. —[O]