In the Valley of the Sun (installation view)
Twelve 39” flatscreen TVs displaying live video feeds from twelve, roof mounted, closed-circuit cameras. 2014

In the Valley of the Sun
Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis
10.30.2014 – 12.07.2014

University Art Gallery
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

For their new, site-specific installation In the Valley of the Sun, the artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis worked from a translation of the local indigenous, Coast Miwok word sonoma as “valley of the moon." According to ancient legends of local Native American groups, the moon chose the territory of Sonoma as its permanent nesting place.

Cooley and Lewis question this reference to the ‘end’ or ‘final moment’ and create works extending the universal experience of measuring time. Their sculptures use a variety of outdated and nearly extinct technologies to create an immersive installation about the experience of duration in relation to how it is represented.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 is a simulated, yet literal, representation of time’s passage.