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MERCHANT GALLERY

 

To The Desert

 

May 25th- 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.

Artists

E. Tyler Burton . Chelsea Dean . Lynda Keeler . Harrison Fraley . Eric Nash.

Sara Marlowe Hall . Janelle Pietrzak. Orianna Reardon. Julie Weiman.

Melissa Parke Rousseau.  Jay Zaretsky .