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Yes

I like eating doughnuts from a bag in the sun standing in a parking lot with so-so coffee. I like talking with someone I don’t know and inviting them up for the weekend. I like two days of intense studio visits. I like learning, and teaching; seeing and thinking; and the connection I then feel. I like that I cry when this happens. That’s okay if a little odd. I like that I can do this, and I like that it reminds me of when I couldn’t connect. It’s like paying myself back For past loss. And the emotional storm that inevitably comes after, when I’m alone? I like that, too. For John Burtle, and Franco Casrilla, and David Bell and Ed Johnson and for Karen Lofgren Teachers and learners all. Somewhere on Laurel Canyon, on the morning of October 18,...

Public announcement – The Familiar Unfamiliar

“…Ever since yesterday on the road, I’ve been seeing this shape. Shaving cream, pillows… Dammit! I know this. I know what this is! This means something. This is important.” What is this shape?” This quote from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” emphasizes a moment in the film where Roy Neary’s character describes the inexplicable visions of physical forms he believes are both familiar and unfamiliar. (As the film unravels, these forms correspond to the geographical formations of the physical site for a communion with extraterrestrials). This notion is the departure point for the project entitled “The Familiar Unfamiliar”, whereupon invited artists have been asked to make objects, installations or experiences correlative to the desert landscape in Wonder Valley, CA – a site that may be both familiar and unfamiliar amid a group of gathered, communed individuals. The site in Wonder Valley (situated next to Joshua Tree) is a house called Casa Agave which features nested enclaves, open desert expanses and interior spaces as venues for multi-media site specific art pieces by 31 participating artists. Each participating artist manifested their projects based on informed, cultivated projected or imagined understandings of the installation site. The projects in this exhibition reveal the artists’ use of a hybrid of previous knowledge of the area, gathered characteristics of the site based on photographs that were shared via a Facebook page, and for some – collected material from visits to the site. The terrain in the Wonder Valley area is a compelling venue because of the possibilities of site specificity within the physical, desert landscape, the temporal nature of the space, along with the...