“When first approaching Sterling Ruby’s fluorescent monolith, SPECTER, it appears as a desert apparition, a giant glowing orange box positioned in the middle of the landscape. Located in Whitewater, California, positioned between I-10 and a swath of open range mountains of Mount San Jacinto State Park, the structure, which is part of the 2019 Desert X biennial, is composed of a long rectangle of painted aluminum with a scale considerably taller than a standing human…On the work’s radioactive hue in the midst of the desert, artist Ashley Bickerton mused, “acid colors are the ultimate in human signage, that safety orange…But it’s as an encounter in the desert that its mystery comes alive. Here the glowing orange acts as a giant redaction, a pictorial hole burnt into the landscape that transforms the familiar into something strange and surreal.”

– Garage

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