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“Formations: Joshua Tree Rocks” at Topanga Canyon Gallery
July 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 15, 2021
“Formations: Joshua Tree Rocks” at Topanga Canyon Gallery Caroline PM Jones
Opening reception Saturday 07/31 from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.
The show runs 07/30 – 08/15 – Fri/Sat/Sun from 12-5pm + appointments email@example.com
For this collection of paintings, sculptures works on paper, and video installation the artist journeyed into the Mojave Desert to interact with the monolithic, ancient and immovable.
To create these strikingly organic works using stone, pastel, clay, oil paint, and video, the artist spent countless hours and days with her subjects in the Mojave: “Like the Formations themselves, I exposed myself to the wind, the heat, and the sounds of the desert. What stays with me is the novelty of these miraculous forms and how they have come together.” Although permanent and primeval, the artist conveys a dynamism and living quality in her work. “The way I’ve composed the pieces relates to the spatial conditioning of the groupings. Like a family grown together, or breaking apart, they stand or lie in various stages of light — unified, cracked, broken, yet still proud and strong.”
The painting and drawings en plein air capture the raw limitations and simplicity of line caused by the natural editing process of time and light. The studio canvasses reflect the intimate experience of that time in a picture perfect moment with a certain tonal hue. The act of carving the “Formations” out of stone was a journey in itself. The sculpting allowed the artist to ‘travel’ across surfaces, spending time in the crevices, cutting the stone, chiseling the shapes, and sanding the form. The fired clay sculptures have purposefully undergone a process not dissimilar to the actual life cycle of the Mojave monoliths. The Video speaks to the off-grid experience, the strangeness that the desert offers with its soundscape and expansive land, its extreme climate and form. The monumental landscape changes through digital manipulation representing megalithic temples of the mind. The figurative works throughout all the different mediums she has used combine the “perfect combination of earth and idea”.