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Exhibition Detail
Dust in the Machine
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

September 21st, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
September 21st, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Installation view, Installation view
© Courtesy of Center for Contemporary Art
Explosion with Tractor Traces, Shirley WegnerShirley Wegner, Explosion with Tractor Traces,
2006, Chromogenic print, 30"x40"
© Courtesy of the artist and the Center for Contemporary Art
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Guadalupe, Railyard
Thu-Sun 12-5
mixed-media, installation

The twentieth century spawned the industrialization of the American West.  With its suburban developments, water diversion projects, oil and natural gas rigs, power plants, atomic laboratories, military testing grounds, and sophisticated roadways, the western states have become a landscape of mechanization.  This machine is at once necessary and destructive, sophisticated and aging, natural and artificial; it is the life blood and the nemesis, the crux of modern civilization.  As contemporary society grows increasingly dependent on mechanized environments, their collapse is also eminent. Dust in the Machine is a group exhibition that provides a spectrum of interpretations of the industrialized West, as well as its glories and failures. 

Featuring: Chris Ballantyne (New York), Lisa K. Blatt (San Francisco), Adriane Colburn (San Francisco), Bethany Delahunt (Albuquerque), Jamey Stillings (Santa Fe), Lucy Raven (New York), Jesse Vogler (Albuquerque), and Shirley Wegner (New York).

CCA presents Dust in the Machine in conjunction with the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art. ISEA2012 is a symposium and series of events occurring throughout New Mexico, exploring the intersections of art, technology and nature. Learn more at:

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