**EDIT : By popular demand the Artist in Residency will be extended until October 27, 2013!  Congratulations, Cris!
This Sunday (September 29, 2013) the Artist in Residence installation featuring Cristopher Cichocki at the Palm Springs Art Museum will be coming to an end.  Cichocki is a local artist who is not only famous for diving into the depths of his own work, but is also a cultural mover and shaker who has contributed to the underground music and art scene in our desert.
This past week Andy Lara, a member of The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s blogsquad, had a moment to catch up with Cichocki and talk a little bit about what matters most to him.
Make sure to check out Cichocki’s installation this weekend at the Palm Springs Art Museum before it dissenigrates/disappears…
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Cichocki’s installation at the Palm Springs Art Museum, photo by David Blank
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Andy Lara of The CVAS: What was it that drew your interest to the Salton Sea?  How long has the Salton Sea been your subject? 
Cristopher Cichocki: The Salton Sea has served as a major source material for much of my work for almost a decade. Yes there’s decay and abandonment surrounding the area, however there’s a sublime beauty within all of its rough edges. Aside from its aesthetic inspiration I’m attached to the sea as someone who cares about the future of Southern California.
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What exactly is the problem with the Salton Sea?

Scientists project that the Salton Sea will become a dried up lake bed that will expose cancerous micro-debris in the next 20 years if neglected. This neglegence is an absolute crime. This potential for poor air quality will make Southern California uninhabitable if no action is taken. 20 years! Let’s not forget that not long ago the Salton Sea was a major tourist destination. I think it can be saved and flourish once again, yet it’s in a governmental gridlock right now where no one wants to commit to actually funding a sustainable game plan. We need to re-evaluate our priorities and put the Sea at the top of the list. If nothing is done to preserve the Salton Sea it will effect the entire SoCal region. Whether people have ever been to the Salton Sea or even know it exists, if you live in Southern California it’s part of your backyard and there’s a potential airborne catastrophe on the horizon. If this reality continues to go unacknowledged much longer it may be too late. No more golf courses, no more Coachella festival, no more living here.

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 What can Coachella Valley residents do to help?
 It all begins with awareness. The Salton Sea has been out of sight and out of mind for too long. Beyond spreading awareness we need to show support towards the politicians and community leaders working towards saving the Salton Sea. Public support is growing, but let’s make this a household issue seeing how we care about the future right?. We can stand behind the Salton Sea as a community and support those that are making a difference. Power in numbers. It also wouldn’t hurt to give Governor Jerry Brown a letter, phone call or e-mail.. http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
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Where can we read more on the Salton Sea?
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For the visual learners out there, what’s a good YouTube video to watch?
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Cichocki’s Photos from Exhibition:
Cichocki at Palm Springs Art Musuem:
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