Paradox Resolved

Event description

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Open to the public

Heuristics for Desalination and Alternative Energy Production

The exhibition "Paradox Resolved" seeks new approaches to the interconnected challenges of energy production and water purification--key aspects of the “energy-water nexus.” The project centers on novel systems for water desalination and clean energy.

The word “paradox” in the title relates to the “Paradox Valley” in Southwest Colorado where the Dolores River presents a geologic paradox as it runs perpendicular to (rather than along the length of) the Paradox Valley. The “resolution” references the proposed projects that address (and possibly help to solve) the intractable problems of salt infiltration and clean energy production in the region.

The project provides an entrance point for the general public to appreciate the complexity and urgency around the topic of “water in the west.” This exhibition aims to provide a context for conversations around our dwindling supply of clean water as well as an introduction to new technologies that may be part of the solution. As purely “engineered” solutions are not solving the current crisis, we hope to develop an interdisciplinary platform that provides opportunities for ideas and solutions from a variety of individuals and disciplines.

There will be a broad range of media included in the exhibition—including large scale digital photographs, graphs, video, sculptural objects, AI-generated images and text, and an immersive A/V display.

Artists: Dan Collins, Jayani Mehta, Xavier Nokes & Aislinn Varela

Image: Paradox Resolved - Salt Towers, Jayani Mehta, Digital Composite, 2023.

Exhibition Dates: March 27–31, 2023
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional information

Event contact

Hanley Ange

Monday, March 27, 2023

Exhibition Dates: March 27-31 | Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9:00 am5:00 pm (MST)


Harry Wood Gallery