Bert Benally

Sand Rays

LED Lights, Sound, Traditional Sand Painting

Bert Benally

Navajo Nation / New York City

Synopsis:  A multimedia installation using LED light patterns to create a glowing pattern emanating from a sand-painting.  The light pattern will respond to the presence of viewers.  In addition, viewers will have a chance to add to the sand painting and participate in the making of the sand painted piece.

Bio: Mr. Benally is a Diné artist from the Navajo Nation now living in New York City, where he is a doctoral student at Columbia University. Benally recently collaborated with Chinese dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, on an artwork titled Pull of the Moon. It is a collaboration for Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) and is located deep in the desert of the Southwest, amidst the dramatic scenery of Coyote Canyon. “Harmony” is at the foundation of the Diné philosophy of life and plays a central role in all of Mr Benally’s work.

Location: Civic Plaza Drive at entrance to Taos Fall Arts Festival exhibition

Generously sponsored by: Lyn Bleiler

Daytime@The PASEO presenting artist

School: Taos Day School
Workshop: Traditional sand painting with interactive LED lights.

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