A New Horizon by Fort Bragg, CA–based artist Scott Oliver is a cast-concrete sculpture that incorporates the sand and stone of the surrounding landscape. The solid bench-height text reading “Horizon” stretches twenty-five feet north to south, providing an ideal vantage of the Rio Grande cutting its way through the desert to the west, and the Manzano Mountains to the east. A New Horizon is not only a literal expression of the surrounding visual landscape, but also aims to reclaim the word “horizon,” which was the namesake of the land-scam corporation that fostered great division among the surrounding communities that had already been dealing with long-standing land disputes. Oliver’s project is part of another long-term art project, High Desert Test Sites (02013), which took place along the southwestern roads and highways between Joshua Tree, CA and Albuquerque, NM from October 12 to 19, 02013. On October 19, 02013, Oliver and other guest speakers performed on the Rio Del Oro site. Speakers and performers included a geologist, a naturalist, a historian, local storytellers, a musician, and a poet. Scott Oliver is a project-based artist and writer living and working in Fort Bragg, CA. His work explores the sculptural possibilities of everyday objects and relationships between people and the built environment—often integrating social exchange into the making process.
Scott Oliver's work explores the sculptural possibilities of everyday objects and relationships between people and the built environment—often integrating social exchange into the making process. Oliver received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2005. His work has been exhibited at UCLA in Los Angeles, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. He has also shown widely at local venues, including the Oakland Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Southern Exposure, and the de Young Art Center. He recently completed Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After: An Audio Walking Tour of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, and a Project Space Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Special thanks to EbM Cosmonauts, Ven Voisey and Matt Weaver; and the Tomé Art Gallery for their support and assistance with this project.