Jim Denevan is an artist creating ethereal sand drawings. The artist creates large-scale sand drawings along the coasts of California and the Dry Lake Beds of Nevada. From the ground, these drawn environments are experienced as places – places to be in and explore, challenging our relationship within the environment. For a time, the drawing is a place that exists in the indeterminate space of these vast landscapes.
The Artwork of Jim Denevan show examined the world’s largest single work of art that Denevan created in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in May 2009. Based on a mathematical theorem called an Apollonian gasket, the design is set around triples of circles at tangents to others. The drawing took 15 days, is three miles wide and has an overall circumference of nine miles. The largest lines etched into the sand are 28 feet wide and almost three feet deep in places. Stunning aerial, satellite and detailed monochromatic photographs of this drawing were hung in The Gallery at Windsor – allowing viewers to experience the large-scale ephemeral image.
Denevan’s featured exhibitions include: Sand: Memories, Meaning, and Metaphor, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, N.Y.; National and International Projects, PS1/MoMA, New York, N.Y.; Catching the Waves, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, Calif.; Big Deal & Blow Up, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Calif. Denevan has been included in numerous publications both nationally and internationally. The artist lives and works in Santa Cruz, Calif.
In addition to drawing in sand and desert surfaces, Denevan is a chef, celebrating food at the source with his organization, Outstanding in the Field. Outstanding in the Field is a worldwide moveable feast, a seasonal open-air investigation into the quality and meaning of a place.