Ideas about land & environment can flourish everywhere, not excluding places with walls. Wild & built environments may seem oppositional, but the conditions of their coexistence are at the core of twenty-first-century land-based art.
Opened in 2008, THE LAND/gallery functions as an urban, indoor branch of the Manzano Mountain site—a contrasting environment designed to enrich & expand artists’ site projects & provide an additional or alternative space for further exploration & dialog. Because new land-based art often explores ideas about the environment through digital & other technologies, THE LAND/gallery is also important as a venue for work that relies on “indoor” media.
The gallery’s location in downtown Albuquerque increases opportunities for community interaction & involvement, & makes it a convenient point of entry for artists & others who want to know more about THE LAND/an art site.