Debbie Long’s Light Ships are immersive environments that travel through light, time, and space. The inviting chambers lined with hundreds of handmade cast glass pieces are intended for slow bodily experiences of the movement of sunlight, moonlight, clouds passing, piercing stars, and summer lightning. This exhibition represents the last decade of the artists’ career including: Long’s newest environment Willa (2015-2020), a transformed 1970s recreational vehicle, an original film of Light Ships experienced in a remote New Mexico desert landscape, and an enchanting night sky environment created site-specifically inside the museum.
Debbie Long is an artist who works with light. Long builds sculptures and immersive environments that unfold over time in rhythm with light from the sky, its’ cycles of day and night, weather, and seasons. For the last decade her work has focused on building large-scale outdoor light sculptures that are immersive environments for experiencing light and time. These works are chambers of light, color, and glass that shift as light changes in rhythm with light from the sky. The first of these experiential sculptures, Naima Trailer, was built between 2012-2015. The second, Willa, built between 2015-2020, was recently completed in Long’s studio in Taos, New Mexico. Debbie Long has recently exhibited her work at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA in an exhibition curated by Dave Hickey, Andrea Zittel, Aurora Tang, and Libby Lumpkin; Chimento Contemporary in Downtown Los Angeles, CA; The Harwood Museum in Taos, NM; Gallery 128 Lower East Side in New York City, NY; Vivian Horan Gallery in New York City, NY; Boston University’s Sherman Gallery in Boston, MA; and The Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM.
Reviews and Press include the BBC Culture London, UK; The LA Weekly, Los Angeles, CA; Artillery Magazine, Los Angeles, CA; ArtSlant, Santa Fe, NM; and Art Studio America, a new book about US Artists in their studios from Trans Globe Publishing London, UK. Long’s awarded grants include a Pilchuck Glass School Residency in 2004 and a Creative Capital Foundation Workshop in 2006, Paseo Taos grant in 2020. Lectures include The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, NM and SITE Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts’ Dialogue 360 lecture series in Santa Fe, NM.