Special Events"Double Negative"
MFA student Jenna Price writes about
Heizer made 2 huge holes in the ground almost 40 years ago.
They are undeniably big, but in the place that they exist, with the huge flat open mesa, alluvial fans, and mountains, they feel small in very way. Heizer dug into the ground and took something away, or more accurately, he moved something. He did not build anything on top of or rising out of the Earth, and he did not add materials to the site. His act of subtraction admits somewhat humbly that what is going on around the thing is more beautiful than the thing he created. His cuts into the ground seem absurd next to the huge natural drop off of the mesa which exists on a completely different scale.
Heizer performed a potentially aggressive and dominating act onto the Earth using dynamite and bulldozers, but "Double Negative" does not feel aggressive or dominating, it feels sort of absurdly humble and quiet. Right now "Double Negative" is eroding and the becoming less crisp. I think allowing the thing to eventually deteriorate back into the earth poignantly adds to the things I have mentioned.