Nearing Dissonance by William LeGoullon

Issue 77

Traditionally the term desert has referenced a place that is deserted, without people, and unpopulated. However, now, more than ever, the idea of an empty landscape is far less accurate. The desert I know is a transformative space. While we shape this land, nature continues to co-sculpt along side us. “Nearing Dissonance” reflects on the inherent symbolism and continually challenged identities of the southwestern landscape. It is an environment wherein the passing of time is remarkably visible. As its geography unceasingly begs to be considered a frontier, we are presented with contemporary narratives concerning symmetry in nature and the human experience, paralleled by the romanticized and familiar persona of the once wild west. Ruled by the sun, this terrain endures in similar fashion as we do. It is a place of rebirth, transcendence, and adaptation, but it is also untamed, allowing for an often-dissonant correlation between it and us. We cannot resist the challenge that is this land. It is relentless, just as we are. By questioning concepts of permanence and uncertainty, this on-going body of work examines the conscious and unconscious realities of what this desert stage provides.

William LeGoullon lives and works in Phoenix, AZ, United States
To view more of William's work, please visit his website.

  Sun During Haboob

Sun During Haboob

  Man On Dune

Man On Dune

  Palms

Palms

  Submerged Boat

Submerged Boat

  Hot Pink Trailer

Hot Pink Trailer

  Sky Reflection

Sky Reflection

  Shoe Print

Shoe Print

  Sunburn

Sunburn

  Like Toothpicks From The Ashes

Like Toothpicks From The Ashes

  House For Sale

House For Sale

  Rock Wall

Rock Wall

  Twisted Tree

Twisted Tree

  Scar

Scar

  Petroglyph With Signs of Gunfire

Petroglyph With Signs of Gunfire

  Buffalo Jerky

Buffalo Jerky

  Canyon Road

Canyon Road

  New Gun Wrapper

New Gun Wrapper

  Twentynine Palms Home

Twentynine Palms Home

  East End Intersection

East End Intersection

  Black No.1

Black No.1