“Homestead is where the art is.”

September 6, 2013

“Jackrabbit Homestead” at UC RIverside

Filed under: Art, Culture, Events — magicgroove @ 6:57 am

Kim Stringfellow’s “Jackrabbit Homestead” exhibition will be at Culver Center of the Arts at University of California, Riverside, through Sept. 28, 2013.

A panel discussion on that date will include artist Kim Stringfellow, curator Tyler Stallings, and Wonder Valley artist Chris Carraher (yours truly) from 3 to 5 pm, followed by a closing reception 6-9.

March 9, 2012

Bret Philpot raffle at Red Arrow

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 1:09 am

Your chance to win a homestead painting by desert artist Bret Philpot!

Come join me this saturday night 6-9PM at the Red Arrow Gallery, (theredarrowgallery.com) for the Joshua Tree art crawl.  They will raffle off your choice of two homestead paintings, one shown here.  100% of the proceeds go toward funding scholarships for the Artist Professional Development Program.   First 50 people through the door get a free raffle ticket (be present to win, raffle at 8PM). This event and art crawl are free.  My exhibition has been extended to show through April 1.

January 15, 2012

“Jackrabbit Homestead” at Red Arrow

Filed under: Art, Culture, Events — magicgroove @ 12:06 am

The Red Arrow Gallery in Joshua Tree is presenting Kim Stringfellow’s “Jackrabbit Homestead”, opening Saturday, January 14, 7-10 p.m.

The landscape of the Morongo Basin of Southern California’s Mojave Desert is dotted with unusual buildings and parcels of land that developed as a result of the Small Tract Act of 1938. The structures, which are remnants of a mid-century homestead movement, have become a lightning rod for seemingly disparate communities wishing to claim and inhabit the desert landscape.

 In Jackrabbit Homestead, Kim Stringfellow, an artist and writer known for her cross-disciplinary work addressing the American West, land use, and the built environment, documents the character of the homestead architecture and the homesteaders who built it. Alongside her compelling photographs, she explores the origins of the Homestead movement, the Public Land Survey, and other U.S. public land policies that have shaped our perception and long-term management of the California desert.

The exhibit will include photographs, documents, and an audio tour.  Copies of Kim’s book about the homesteads will be available for purchase, as well.  The Red Arrow is at 61010 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree.

October 22, 2011

Tromp l’Oeil on Cabin

Filed under: Art, Culture, Events — magicgroove @ 4:26 am

Art Tours is bustin’ out all over the Basin this weekend and next, including “Tromp l’Oeil on Cabin…a mural in progress…being painted at Judy Wold’s homestead cabin” at 60433 Sonora Rd. in Joshua Tree. 

At Feral Studios Julie Tolentino and Stosh Fila are curating a “pop-up gallery of works featuring artists and friends from New York, Los Angeles, Beirut, Berlin, and London…All work will be staged within, on, around the walls of the pre-existing 1940’s homestead cabin/studio adjacent to Tolentino’s tiny-off-grid solar powered home.”

October 22-23 and 29-30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   From Hwy 62 left on Sunfair. Top of Sunfair turns into a dirt road: Coyote Valley Road.  Take this to the top where it crosses with Daisy Lane, Homestead cabin is on the right.

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.

May 15, 2010

Homesteading in Manhatten

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 11:14 pm

Desert fan Bernard Leibov is opening his New York microgallery, BoxoFFICE, to Joshua Tree artist Diane Best’s homestead cabins in the show SHACK, “a solo exhibition of large-scale black and white photography. ”

SHACK features images of cabins in the area around Joshua Tree, some occupied, some abandoned, some close to being reclaimed by the earth.

The Mojave Desert was one of the last places in the lower 48 where land was granted free to anyone willing to improve the land. The cabins featured in the photographs were built as a result of one of the last homesteading acts passed, The Small Tract Act of 1938, that granted 5 acre parcels “for such purposes as home, cabin, health and recreational sites”. The Small Tract Act  was also known as the  “Jack Rabbit Act”  as some people considered the desert land “fittin’ only for jack rabbits and tumbleweeds”.

The 5 acre plots were leased for 5 years for a nominal fee ($99. per year), and if a structure was built that was at least 12′ X 16′, the leaseholder could buy the property for $120. an acre. Water and power were not required. Many cabins were carefully built by weekend desert lovers, but many more were flimsily erected by land speculators and were never inhabited.

The artist herself says, “Living in the desert,  surrounded by these reminders of the past – many deserted with their contents intact, slowly blowing apart, decaying, and vandalized – I am fascinated by the question of their owner’s intent and untold stories of arrival, building and departure.”

Diane’s work was part of our Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival together with that of Mary-Austin Klein in the Shack Appreciation Show at Trader Jeff’s.  The image above is Shack 21, (34 x 50 in., archival pigment print on dibond, 2010).  See more of Diane’s images on her website, along with a book available of her cabin photos.  She also has a new video, “SHACKS”, that will be featured in the BoxoFFICE exhibition.  Here’s hoping we get to see it back here at home soon! 

SHACK runs May 22 to July 10, with reception on May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.  BoxoFFICE is at 421 Hudson Street #701 in New York.   More info at the BoxoFFICE website.   Also find Bernard and BoxOFFICE in an article on microgalleries in the New York Times.

May 6, 2010

Lily Stockman’s homestead paintings at True World

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 12:00 am

Lily Stockman’s paintings of abandoned homesteads are featured in the show upcoming at True World Gallery in Joshua Tree.  Per the gallery press release:

The abandoned homesteads which are the subject of this collection of paintings  have become a metaphor for her experience as an outsider in a strange land.  They are also emblems of the mythology of the West, Manifest Destiny, and the strange melding of physical and psychological landscape that happens in the desert. The homesteads are appealing subjects not only for their simple geometric forms, but also because of the stories implied by their vacancy.

Above is She Learned to Love Persimmons, oil on panel, 30 x 30 in.  View this and more of Stockman’s homestead images on her website, where smooth, stripped-down visions find the cabins united with the natural architecture of the desert, sharing a serene opacity.

Sharing the show is Brian Leatart.  Opening reception is Saturday, May 8, 7-10 p.m., with music by Wonder Valley’s own Sibleys.  True World Gallery, 61740 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.  See True World website for gallery hours.

March 6, 2010

Adventures in Wonderland

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 3:19 am

“One side makes you larger, and one side makes you small”…

Long-time Twentynine Palms residents Allen and Mita Barter bring their works of contrasting scale to the Glass Outhouse Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday, March 6, 2010. 

Allen’s large sculptural works will be juxtaposed with Mita’s tiny assemblages-in-a-sardine-can.   “Allen and Mita’s Adventures in Wonderland” should be decidedly Carroll-esque!

Opening reception is Saturday, March 6, from 1-5 p.m.   The show runs March 3-21, open from 1-5 p.m. Tue-Sat.  The Glass Outhouse Gallery is at Thunder Road and Hwy. 62, approximately 5 miles east of 29 Palms.  Look for the sign on the south side of the Highway.

“Dry Immersion 3” brings UC artists to Wonder Valley

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Culture, Events — magicgroove @ 2:57 am

“Dry Immersion 3” comes to Wonder Valley on Saturday, March 6, 2010.  Per the Press-Enterprise:

Artists from seven University of California campuses will gather Saturday amid the creosote and hollowed-out cabins of Wonder Valley east of Twentynine Palms for a desert-inspired art event.

The remote landscape will be host to art installations, musical performances and at least one video work. The public event includes 19 artworks created by 24 artists.

“Dry Immersion 3” is the third part of a project co-organized by UC Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

In October, a four-day roving symposium shuttled 66 artists to various areas of the desert to familiarize them with the terrain and culture and encourage them to create desert-oriented works.

Saturday’s event is a result of that exposure.

“I feel kind of organically connected to the culture and the landscape out there and have done for a number of years,” co-organizer Dick Hebdige said, as quoted by the P-E..  “There are a lot of artists moving out to that corner of the desert.  More than that, there’s a great sense that the desert is an area of special interest in debates about the future.”

The desert, he said, is at the center of discussions regarding environmental concerns, water depletion, resource management and the impact of population on what is a fragile ecosystem.

Some of the art pieces use digital mapping technologies along with the raw landscape, Hebdige said

“I think a lot of artists are fascinated by this new relationship to the land,” he said.

The image above is “Postmodern Mojave Viper” by exhibition artist Christopher Woodcock, who has produced a series of five large photographs focused on the architecture of the Iraq/Afghanistan training villages at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms.

The art installations will be open from 1 p.m. to sunset at JT Getaway Ranch, followed by a series of poetry, video and music performances by the Sibleys and others at 8 p.m. at The Palms Bar and Restaurant.  More info in the Press-Enterprise.  Directions to the event are on the Sweeney Website; click on Dry Immersion 3>Directions for Public.

For more information on the “Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map:  An Interdisciplinary Response”, including Dry Immersions 1, 2, and 3 as well as an interesting proposal for a Desert Studies program, see the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery Website.

December 10, 2009

“Kcymaerxthaere” this weekend

Filed under: Art, Culture, Events, History — magicgroove @ 12:08 pm

Eames Demetrios, “Geographer-at-Large”, homestead fan, and the instigator of the Krblin Jihn Kabin “historic site” in Joshua Tree, will be presenting “KCYMAERXTHAERE:  A global work of three dimensional storytelling” at Dezart One Gallery in Palm Springs on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12.  Eames tells us the following:

So I am doing a one man show in Palm Springs this weekend based on my alternative universe called Kcymaerxthaere which resides in part in the Kabin we have at Border and Desert Trail (which you are all welcome to visit).

A portion of my talk will touch on these cabins and the way the name Homesteader may actually be a corruption of the word “haumsteadler.”

Eames says the show is a “pretty cool experience for the audience–very simple in a way:  images and storytelling.”

Q&A and book signing to follow each performance.

December 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Dezart One Gallery, 2688 S. Cherokee Way, Palm Springs (in the Backstreet Art District). Tickets $16 advance/$20 at door.  Reservations: 760.322.0179 or Purchase Online: http://www.dezartperforms.com.   More at Eames’ Events page.

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