May 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


High & Dry is proud to announce our latest exhibition:


High & Dry: Land Artifacts

665 West Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534
661.723.6250 lancastermoah.org

May 12 - July 15  Opening: May 12, 4-6pm
Artist talk: Sunday, June 3, 1pm


The exhibit represents a full realization of High & Dry's long-term, multi-platform exploration of the California desert, encompassing Osceola Refetoff‘s black and white, infrared photographs, words by writer-historian Christopher Langley, and a video presentation created in collaboration with KCET’s Artbound. The photographs, text, and video can also be viewed on Artbound.


Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013OZYMANDIASI met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

— Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818

While awed by the natural splendor of the region’s majestic, parched terrain, I'm particularly drawn to the remnants of human enterprise that lay strewn about like so many forsaken dreams at the intersection of enduring geology, epic skies, and transient human endeavor — including my own.

Water Tank – Lone Pine, CA - 2013
First printed: 2018

High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018
Open Desert – Palm Springs Art Museum – 2016

Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013  (First printed: 2018)

Land Artifacts is the first art exhibit to incorporate historical objects in MOAH’s permanent collection, from a First Nations metate to modern detritus collected at a desert lot just a few hundred feet from the museum.

All these elements come together to create an immersive survey of the things humans leave behind in the desert, and what these artifacts reveal about us as a society. Visitors are invited to bring a small item of personal significance to include in a time capsule as part of their legacy for future generations.


"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation Museum of Art and History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation Museum of Art and History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018 Photo left: Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013 Photo right: Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Infrared Exposure - Trona, CA - 2010
"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation detail - Museum of Art & History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018


Speaking of legacies, MOAH is publishing a catalog for High & Dry: Land Artifacts that will include more infrared images, installation photos, and examples of time capsule contributions to be unearthed in 2050.

Land Artifacts is part of MOAH’s new cycle of exhibitions opening on May 12 with additional solo installations by artists Robert Dunahay, Sant Khalsa, Constance Mallinson, Greg Rose, and Timothy Robert Smith. An artist talk is scheduled for June 3, 1pm. 


Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Trona, CA - 2010Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Trona, CA - 2010Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018

High & Dry: Land Artifacts– Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018
KCET Artbound - High & Dry: Emerald City of Salts - Aug 2014

Abandoned PPG Plant - Infrared Exposure - Bartlett CA - 2012  (First printed: 2018)


In the meantime, check out the listings in Artillery and Fabrik, as well as an interview/preview by Billy Bennight for Cartwheel Art. Additional press information is available from Laura Grover: LDG@anet.net




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