In the Valley of the Sun: An Installation by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andew Lewis

October 30 – December 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 30, 5-7 pm

The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce In the Valley of the Sun, a multimedia installation by collaborative artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, which opens with a reception on Thursday, October 30 from 4-6, and will be on view through Sunday, December 7, 2014. The artists will talk about their work during a noon lecture on Wednesday, October 30. The interplay between examination of materiality and poetic references to theory forms Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis’ creative practice, driving their work into unexpected territory. Their works consistently act as a meditation on process as well as a response to a particular time or place. For their new, site-specific installation In the Valley of the Sun, the artists conducted research into the origins of the word Sonoma, and the title of their work is an obvious reference to the meaning of Sonoma as “the Valley of the Moon.” Working from these translations—which, according to ancient legends of local Native American tribes, describes Sonoma as the territory where the moon chose its permanent nesting place—Cooley and Lewis question this reference to the ‘end’ or ‘final moment’ and create works which extend the universal experience of measuring time. They will use a variety of outdated and nearly extinct technologies to create an immersive installation about the experience of duration in relation to how it is represented. Ultimately, the installation will be a simulated, yet literal representation of time.