“Homestead is where the art is.”

October 14, 2011

Deborah Martin does Wonder Valley

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 1:44 am

Deborah Martin’s new (very new – when I wandered into the gallery just before opening some were not quite finished!) realist paintings of Wonder Valley are on exhibition at The Red Arrow Gallery in Joshua Tree this month.  

I don’t have a copy of the Editorial Introduction by Alison Simonis posted at the show, but from Martin’s Website:

Her painted depictions of remnants and relics of this quasi ghost valley settlement of homesteads born out of a 1938 Federal Land Grant comprise a portrait of a place in metamorphosis.

Intimately coupled with the weathering austerities of the Mojave Desert, these outposts of human habitation exhibit an obvious struggle for survival.

Martin showcases a frontier of existential befuddlement: a seemingly confused pondering whether to persist, give up or renew amidst the trappings of domicile.

The rise and fall of opportunity, hope and longing present themselves, eerily, in these paintings.

The question looms whether an insubordinate Wild West is staging a mockery over the American materialist fantasy.

A special reception co-sponsored by Red Arrow and JTAG will be held on October 22 as part of this year’s Hwy 62 Art Tours.  Music by Tim Easton and guests.   4-6 p.m., 61597 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree.

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