I want to share news of an upcoming Los Angeles group show that features three of my large Map paintings along with work from 10 other artists who are based in the desert. I co-curated the show along with Sara Marlowe Hall, the gallery owner and a wonderful artist in her own right.
If you are in Los Angeles this Friday May 25th, please join us at the opening party that runs from 5-9 PM. The show's run continues through Sunday June 24th.
When you ask a friend what they are doing this weekend, it's most likely they will say “I’m going to the desert." They could be headed to Joshua Tree, the Salton Sea or Palm Springs but, wherever they go, they know it will be a dramatic change from Los Angeles. This pull towards the east has drawn these eleven artists to the desert, a strong influence on their sculptures, paintings, installations and photography.
The desert works its magic in different ways. Some artists strive to capture the light, the landscape, the mountains and rock formations or the shifting horizon line. Others are inspired by the sense of isolation, the extreme weather and the history of the area. You can also see evidence of the region's architecture, from mid-century modern to weather beaten homesteads, along with road trips, star gazing and off-the-grid explorations.
The zeitgeist of living and working in the desert permeates these artworks. You’ll find art that incorporates found objects, discovered in salt beds or river washes, while others use raw materials such as sand and dust as media for their paintings. All the artists are following a powerful history of art-making in the desert and in many of these works you can see the influences of Agnes Pelton, Andrea Zittel, Ed Ruscha and Noah Purifoy