This weekend The Coachella Valley Art Scene will be crafting and camping out at the Joshua Tree Music Festival and our art friends from the low desert will be in town as well.

We love Royale Projects and their latest and greatest double hitting installations featuring Gustavo Godoy’s Big Blue in Morongo Valley and Phillip K. Smith III’s lucid stead in Joshua Tree.  Both are certainly something to check out, especially on your way up to the festival.



royale projects : contemporary art 

is proud to present two projects in the high desert

GUSTAVO GODOY | big blue.


GUSTAVO GODOY | big blue @ The Ranch Projects in Morongo Valley

Painted wooden beams connected in a seeminglyarbitrary and haphazard manner, create a brilliant blue structure that compliments the clear, azure sky of California’s High Desert and stands in juxtaposition to the unforgiving land it isrooted in. Relying on a deliberate and intuitive system of construction, this unconventional and participatory

object invites the viewer to journey inside.


Gustavo Godoy has exhibited at; Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, Centre d’art contemporain du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University. In November he will debut a series of monumental public works in the City of West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard as well as open a solo exhibition at royale projects : contemporary art in Palm Desert.


open: Sat 12 & Sun 13 of October 11am -4pm



Phillip K Smith III


PHILLIP K SMITH III | lucid stead in Joshua Tree 

Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack reflects and

refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness.


Phillip K Smith III draws inspiration from the reductive logic of minimalism and the optic sensation of California’s Light and Space movement. Smith’s innovation and exploration of new technologies keeps these ideologies current. He was the Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2010 and included in, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, alongside artists such as Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, and Craig Kauffman at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster CA. 


open: Sat 12 & Sun 13 of October 11am -9pm   


(artist talk 1pm  & sunset celebration 6pm both days. Please RSVP)  



For information on available work

by Gustavo Godoy or Phillip K Smith III 

please contact royale projects  760.742.5182