Steve Rowell

Current State


A map and book installation focusing on drought, water missuse, and the displacement of the Yokuts indigenous people from Tulare Lake and environs in the San Joaquin Valley, California.

Current State was a multi-room video, audio, photo, and map installation as conclusion of my Spring 2015 library artist residency in conjunction with the Claremont Consortium Library, Special Collections, and Pitzer College's Environment + Art program.

Elements of the installation included:
  • Photographs of Tulare Lake Bed and the San Joaquin Valley (2015)
  • Photographs of Owens Valley and the Los Angeles Aqueduct (2004)
  • Archival photographs of the Los Angeles Aqueduct (1912)
  • Archival photographs of the San Antonio Dam in Claremont (1920s)
  • Drone video footage of cropland, canals, wasteland, salt sloughs, and North by Northwest crop duster scene film location on former Tulare Lake Bed (2015)
  • Audio of various locations at Tulare sites (2015)
  • Book and map selection from library collections (various)

Residency: February - April 2015
Exhibition: April 23-30, 2015