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MOAH COLLECTS MY WORK...

 

...and so can you! Happy to announce a second acquisition by the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California. Much appreciation to Andi Campognone, Robert Benitez, and the entire MOAH staff for their outstanding tradition of championing Los Angeles-area artists.

 

Blue Hopper Car – Mojave, California – 2010Blue Hopper Car – Mojave, California – 2010Pinhole Exposure - First printed: 2015

Permanent Collection: Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California, USA

Blue Hopper – Pinhole Exposure – Mojave, California – 2010
 

MOAH's current exhibit Golden Hour features photography-based work from their permanent collection with work on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Huge honor to have my pinhole photograph featured alongside iconic images by California's preeminent photographers.

The exhibition cycle runs thru May 9, so I'm optimistic that there'll be an opportunity to see the show in person. I feel that we all need a bit more art IRL! In the meantime, an excellent virtual tour is available here.

 

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2015

Permanent Collection: Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California, USA

Also in MOAH's Permanent Collection:
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Infrared Exposure – Owens Lake, CA – 2013 
 

AND I'm a finalist for Los Angeles Press Club Awards for Best Feature Photo, Best Photographic Essay, and Photojournalist of the Year. Fourth time in a row I've been nominated in all three categories (earning five 1st Place awards including Photojournalist of the Year 2019).

But then who's counting? 😉
 

You Are My Dirty Needle – Amboy, California – 2021You Are My Dirty Needle – Amboy, California – 2021First printed: 2021 (single exposure/not composited) New image: You Are My Dirty Needle – Amboy, California – 2021
 

SO, is there a place for my work in your permanent collection? Von Lintel Gallery is happy assist you in picking an image that's just right for you!



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LIGHTS, CAMERA... https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/12/lights-camera 📽 . . . ACTION!

 

November was a busy month for motion pictures. Director Eric Minh Swenson's 7-minute documentary Osceola Refetoff: Kinematic Exposures unpacks my recent exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery, shedding new light on the essential question: "What's a Kinematic exposure anyway?"


Zen Psychosis, also directed by EMS, features author Shana Nys Dambrot reading from her eponymous dream novella, and a discussion about our collaboration combining text and image. Signed editions of Zen Psychosis are available for shipment from A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books.

 

"Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures" a film by Eric Minh Swenson – 2020"Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures" a film by Eric Minh Swenson – 2020Image: The Persistence of Being #4 – First printed: 2020 (Cobalt/Blue) Edition 1/1 on iridescent metallic paper Von Lintel Gallery – Kinematic Exposures – Solo Show – Los Angeles, CA – 2020

Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures (7-minute video)
Photo: The Persistence of Being #4 (after Giacometti)
 

Two current shows can be viewed online, Exploring Humanity at the LACP and the International Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art. The Los Angeles Art Association's Open Show will be on view IRL December 12 (by appointment thru Jan 15). And I'm happy to have a few images in the just-released book California Love: A Visual Mixtape curated by Michael Rababy.

Recent press includes: Von Lintel Gallery : Osceola Refetoff : Kinematic Exposures in L'Oeil de la Photographie, Landscapes of the Soul: Kinematic Exposures by Genie Davis in Diversions LA, and "Kinematic Exposures" at Von Lintel Gallery by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat.

 

"Zen Psychosis" a film by Eric Minh Swenson with Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – 2020"Zen Psychosis" a film by Eric Minh Swenson with Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – 2020ITurn Signals – 101 Freeway – 32-Second Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles, California – 2010 (First printed: 2018)

Zen Psychosis (5-minute video)
Photo: Turn Signals – Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles, California
 

Photographically, it's been quite a year: an Antarctic adventure with my Dad, the OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Award and an in situ installation at Galerie Huit in France, two 1st place awards from the LA Press Club and one from the LA Center of Photography, gallery representation plus my first solo show at Von Lintel Gallery (yay!), and work featured in The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, and The New Republic.

2020 was... a lot. Wishing you all a safe holiday season. We will get though this, together. Now more than ever, "It's a Mess Without You!" ❤️
 

It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco California – 2011"It's a Mess Without You!" – Cinco, California – 2011First printed: 2014

I had been photographing the abandoned trailers at this site for three years before capturing this image. The same room appears in an earlier photograph Desert Kitchen - Cinco, California - 2010, before the sink was pried out and some unknown person was moved to add this memorable inscription to the scene.
It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco, California as seen in The Guardian
 

 

THAT'S A WRAP! 🍿



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THE END IS NEAR https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/12/the-end-is-near THE END IS NEAR

🎃 (but in a good way) 👻

 

Saturday, October 31 – Halloween – is your last chance to see Kinematic Exposures at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12-6pm, and I'll be there Saturday. Mimosas will be served.

The closing is spread out from 12-6pm to allow walk-in, socially distanced attendance. And while costumes are welcome, masks are of course required. 😉

Wandering Sphinx – Antarctica – 2020Wandering Sphinx – Antarctica – 2020Kinematic Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2020

Wandering Sphinx – Antarctica – 2020
 

The Kinematic pinhole photographs can also be viewed on the Von Lintel website, but for those who can, I encourage you to see this show in person. The Bendix Building offers underground parking (entrance on 12th St), with direct access to the 2nd floor by elevator or stairway.

The exhibition has been exceptionally well attended, with many visitors saying it was their first venture back into the art world. Much appreciation for your support!

 

The Persistence of Being #1 and #2 (after Giacometti) – 2020
#2 (Sky/Lime) has already SOLD OUT
 

Oh, and with uncanny timing, L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE just published a piece on the show today. Boo yah!
 

Drifting Mesa – Antarctica – 2020Drifting Mesa – Antarctica – 2020Kinematic Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2020 Drifting Mesa – Antarctica – 2020
 

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KINEMATIC EXPOSURES https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/9/kinematic-exposures
KINEMATIC EXPOSURES

 

Kinematic Exposures, my first solo show at Von Lintel Gallery, opens in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept 12. The event is spread out from 3-8pm to allow walk-in attendance with social distancing (masks required), and as with most art openings, you're not allowed to touch anything anyway. 😉

So what's a Kinematic Pinhole Exposure™? I coined the term to describe the handheld exposures I make while moving about with a pinhole camera – in this case, all new work including images from my recent voyage to Antarctica.

Proteus Rising – Antarctica – 2020Proteus Rising – Antarctica – 2020Kinematic Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2020

Proteus Rising – Antarctica – 2020
 

Of course the photographs will also be featured on the Von Lintel website, but for those who can, I encourage you to see this show in person. Several artworks (like the ones below) extend well beyond the internet color space and are rendered on an iridescent material that defies online reproduction. They are also unique editions, so if there's one you fancy in particular... well, you get the idea.

Kinematic Exposures runs thru Oct 31. Private viewings scheduled here.

 

The Persistence of Being #1 and #4 (after Giacometti) – 2020The Persistence of Being #1 and #4 (after Giacometti) – 2020Kinematic Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2020

L: #1 (Ruby/Sunshine), R: #4 (Cobalt/Blue) Editions 1/1 on iridescent metallic paper

The Persistence of Being #1 and #4 (after Giacometti) – 2020
 

One last thing! The Los Angeles Press Club's SoCal Journalism Awards were presented (online) this weekend. While not the usual, star-studded affair at the Millennium Biltmore (next year!), I won 1st place Best Photo Essay for the third time in a row. You can see the award-winning KCET Earth Focus story here. 🔍
 

 

AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SEPTEMBER 12TH!



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ON REPRESENTATION https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/8/on-representation
ON REPRESENTATION


I'm delighted to announce new representation by Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles, California. A longtime admirer of the gallery's exceptional programming, I could not be happier.

For 25 years, Tarrah Von Lintel has demonstrated a fierce commitment to showcasing nuanced and distinctive work, particularly art that demands thoughtful, in-person contemplation. Her gallery will manage my entire artistic output, and our first collaboration will be the solo exhibition Kinematic Exposures, opening September 12, 2020.



Von Lintel Gallery + Osceola Refetoff Announcement – August 2020Von Lintel Gallery + Osceola Refetoff Announcement – August 2020LINK: www.vonlintel.com/Osceola-Refetoff.html Photo: Crossroads of the World – Kinematic Pinhole Exposure – Hollywood, California – 2010

Osceola Refetoff + Von Lintel Gallery (Crossroads of the World)

 

Meanwhile, my site-specific exhibit It's a Mess Without You at Galerie Huit Arles has received international attention from The Guardian, La Libération, L'Oeil de la Photographie, and this wonderful, long-form feature in The British Journal of Photography.

It has been a remarkable, sometimes magical year.

 

Galerie Huit Arles – It's a Mess Without You – Site-Specific Installation – OpenWalls Arles 2020Galerie Huit Arles – It's a Mess Without You – Site-Specific Installation – OpenWalls Arles 2020British Journal of Photography / Galerie Huit Arles: OpenWalls Arles 2020 Outstanding Series Winner

Entrance to Galerie Huit Arles' in situ installation on view thru Sept 27
 

 

 NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT

🙏 THANK YOU 🙏



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OPENWALLS ARLES 2020! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/6/openwalls-arles-2020  

OPEN WALLS, OPEN MINDS

 

Excited to announce that Its a Mess Without You is an OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner. The international award is presented by Galerie Huit Arles and the British Journal of Photography, opening the walls of the gallery – and the pages of BJP – to reach new audiences. 

The full series will be spotlighted in an OpenWalls Arles exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles, a late 17th-century mansion in Arles' historic town center. Tres Fancy!



Osceola Refetoff – OpenWalls Arles 2020 – Outstanding Series Winner – Les Rencontres d'ArlesOsceola Refetoff – OpenWalls Arles 2020 Outstanding Series Award WinnerThe British Journal of Photography / Galerie Huit Arles in Assoication with Les Rencontres d'Arles International Photography Festival – 2020

ONLINE EXHIBITION

Portfolio: It's a Mess Without You
Photo: Southern Exposure – Olancha, California

One of ten It's a mess Without You images in OpenWalls Arles 2020

 

The exhibit was originally scheduled to run simultaneously with Les Recontres d'Arles – perhaps the world's largest and most esteemed photography festival – alas canceled this year because of Covid-19. Arles will present special summer programing, but not on the scale of the 145,000 participants hosted last year.

It’s A Mess Without You also figures prominently in a online exhibition, and in an upcoming spread in the British Journal of Photography. Founded in 1854, BJP is the world’s oldest photography title.

 

British Journal of Photography Instagram Post – OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner – 2020British Journal of Photography Instagram Post – OpenWalls Arles Outstanding Series Winner – 2020British Journal of Photography / Galerie Huit Arles Portfolio: It's a Mess Without You Photo: Osceola Refetoff, Southern Exposure – Olancha, California – 2016

With 570,000 facebook and 125,000 instagram followers, @bpj1854 will definitely reach a new online audience.
That's my photo, yo!


OpenWalls is necessarily more virtual this year, as all artists and exhibitors adapt to a new world. Last month, I posted a journal entry exploring these challenges, leading to TODAY's ZoomCast Experiencing Art: Under Lockdown & Beyond, hosted by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. Join us "here" Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm PST/20:00 GMT.


Our "PHOTO OF THE MONTH" is any of the 10 classic images in the OpenWalls-winning portfolio, available directly from Chungking Studio at 15% off thru June 31. Check-out the new, improved website, which now includes detailed size/pricing info and installation views. So OpenWalls, open wallets? 😉

 

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010First printed: 2014

Three miles north of Coso Junction off California Highway 395, Dunmovin served as a rest station for mule trains carrying silver ingots from the Cerro Gordo mines to Los Angeles in the late 1800s. Over the years, the town had a post office, service station, store, cafe, and tourist accommodations, but when I captured this image from an abandoned cabin, the businesses were all closed, and NO TRESPASSING signs were posted along the perimeter.

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California

 

 THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, NOW MORE THAN EVER! 🙏



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VIRTUALLY YOURS https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/6/virtually-yours  

VIRTUALLY YOURS

 

I drafted this email on Thursday, just as the U.S. was pivoting from pandemic to turmoil. Over the last few days I've wondered, "Is it OK to send out a newsletter, even as our streets are flooded with demonstrations demanding justice?" It is not a new feeling. Since November 2016, one question has endured, "Is there a place for art in the world today?"

I hope so.

Valentino Suite – Alexandria Hotel – Los Angeles, CaliforniaValentino Suite – Alexandria Hotel – Los Angeles, California

Valentino Suite – Alexandria Hotel – Los Angeles, California
One of seven images in my L.A. Press Club Life in the Times of the Coronavirus 1st prize-winning photo essay

 

Last week, I won 1st place in the Los Angeles Press Club's Life in the Time of the Coronavirus photo essay competition, and 1st place in the Los Angeles Center of Photography's Creative Portrait exhibition, juried by Paul Kopeikin. (insert witty humble-brag re: winning prize money from both the LAPC & LACP)

I'm also proud to have work in my 8th consecutive Gallery 825 Out There exhibition, juried by Bert Green in association with West Hollywood Pride Month (June 12-30). And two of my images will be exhibited in-real-life at the Praxis Photographic Arts Center's Liquid~Sky (June 18-July 14), my eight show at the Minneapolis, Minnesota venue.

 

Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011First printed: 2015

Shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea, considered one of Africa's most notorious pariah states.

Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 1st place winner: LACP's Creative Portrait exhibition

 

All this feels a bit insignificant against a painful legacy of social injustice, and a tad bittersweet with both the LAPC and Gallery 825 shows converted to online "exhibitions" due to health concerns. In no small irony, I'd just published an excerpt from my photography journal exploring the post-pandemic art world; specifically if virtual art is the future we want. Of course, online exhibits are what we have for now, so I guess I'm embracing that. (insert wink emoji)

Not coincidentally, I'll be a panelist on the ZoomCast Experiencing Art: Under Lockdown & Beyond, hosted by Juri Koll (Venice Institute of Contemporary Art), and featuring art luminaries Tarrah von Lintel (Von Lintel Gallery) and Claudia James Bartlett (Director, Photo LA). Please join us "here" on Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm PST (20:00 GMT). There will be plenty to discuss during our 40-minute program.

 

Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020Photo: Osceola Refetoff

Photography Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020 – Click photo to read transcript
"As a collector as well as a photographer, I'm supremely conscious of the value of living with artwork, particularly so during this time of self-isolation.” 

 

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"VIRTUAL" ART? https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/5/virtual-art  

IS VIRTUAL ART THE FUTURE WE WANT?

 

I'm publishing this recent excerpt from my photography journal to initiate a conversation about online "galleries" and art sales during these rapidly evolving times. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome, either below or in the social media posts linked to this page.

NOTE: The panel discussion Experiencing Art: Under Lockdown & Beyond was inspired by this journal entry, hosted by Juri Koll (Venice Institute of Contemporary Art) and featuring Tarrah von Lintel (Von Lintel Gallery), Claudia James Bartlett (Director: Photo LA), and myself. A recording of the engaging, one hour ZoomCast is available here.


Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020Photo: Osceola Refetoff

 

Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 9, 2020


Something on most artists' minds these days is how this world pandemic will affect our lives, our work, and the exhibition/sale of artwork in the near, intermediate, and long-term future. While complete answers to these questions are unknowable, this feels like a good time to explore what the post-pandemic art world might look like, and consider strategies to meet the new challenges and opportunities.

I do not like change, not as a general rule. A day doesn't pass without some pang of nostalgia, particularly with regards to how technology has devalued the things I hold dear. So what might this brave new world look like? How best to prepare for an uncertain future? And what evolutionary path is in store for photography?

Today, people and businesses are scrambling to move their existence online. Personally, I can't stand the idea. It's the opposite direction I want for myself and the world I inhabit. But the forces pushing our interactions into the ether are irresistible. I can only hope that we also experience a growing appreciation for things in the real world, and not all just tunnel deeper into our burrows.

It seems clear that many businesses I love will not survive. This despite remarkable optimism on Wall Street and fanciful pronouncements ("cheerleading") from the White House. Some of these lost businesses will be galleries, many already struggling to hold on pre-COVID-19. This makes me enormously sad, as I hold deeply to the archaic notion that art is best appreciated in real life.

Galleries closing is sad, but is it bad? Yes, if course it is – having spaces to show and see art is absolutely essential. But might there be certain benefits to some galleries closing? Is it possible that there are too many exhibition spaces in Los Angeles?

 

Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020Photo: Osceola Refetoff

Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020


I've seen a great deal of art in the last few years, some of it not very compelling. Could a reduction in exhibition opportunities increase the overall quality of work? And with many artists taking advantage of this time to reflect on their process, might the pandemic inspire enduring new creations? I wonder if our collective experience might even stimulate a cohesive art movement or two, the likes of which we have not seen since the very idea of art movements was seemingly discarded towards the end of the last century.

Damn, I am so old fashioned, I'm scaring myself. But, back to the future...

Galleries will close and art “experiences" will migrate online in an accelerating manner. While this is neither all good nor all bad, I fear the worst. Art requires context, and that's something the Internet does not provide to a meaningful extent. A quick Google search of an artist gives little insight into their life, their work, and the ideas that underpin their career. Often, a bunch of images just flicker past in random-ish order, giving us a false sense of knowledge and understanding. 

Luckily, we have books and museums and art writers to help us explore deeper meaning, but we've also become increasingly satisfied with cursory perusals. As far as contemporary artists are concerned, how will we truly come to know and experience their work as it migrates increasingly online, no matter how "immersive" the virtual experience?

Regardless of my passionate entreaties, to the Internet art will inevitably go. And of course, for the time being, online exhibitions are what we have. Clearly, some art forms will fare better than others. Video is a natural fit, but any type of subtle, non-graphic work is probably doomed. Photography may do okay with some caveats.

 

Launch LA – "Paradox California" – Osceola Refetoff & Chelsea Dean – Los Angeles, California – 2019Launch LA – "Paradox California" – Osceola Refetoff & Chelsea Dean – Los Angeles, California – 2019Photo: Osceola Refetoff

 Pre-COVID-19 opening – Paradox California: Chelsea Dean & Osceola Refetoff – Launch LA – 2019 
 

Paradox California - Osceola Refetoff & Chelsea Dean - Launch LA - 2019Paradox California - Osceola Refetoff & Chelsea Dean - Launch LA - 2019Photo: Elon Schoenholz

 What your next gallery visit may look like...
 

The Internet "democratizes" photography in two problematic ways. When we gaze upon our small, backlit screens, great photographs do indeed look good. But so do good and even mediocre images, better in fact then they would look printed. Contrarily, truly outstanding photographs require in-person viewing to fully appreciate their luminance and subtle detail. Ideally this viewing is in a well-lit space devoid of excessive distraction. Add a measure of context by placing the work in well-curated conversation with other images, and you have the makings of a transformative experience.

Online viewing tends to be the opposite of all that. Rather than a thoughtfully selected presentation, we often experience a random onslaught of disjointed images. Welcome to your Instagram feed. So while photography is ever-present in our lives, its pervasiveness actually diminishes it as an art form. I call this the marginalization of ubiquity. And these same forces also erode salability.

Many galleries have addressed these issues by championing the photo that is not a photo. What's hot today are unique editions of non-camera-based exposures or various mixed-media interventions specifically intended to make the finished piece something "more" than a photograph. To be clear, I am a fan of much of this work, and cognizant of the collector appeal of one-of-a-kind artworks. But I do hope this time in isolation will renew interest in photography's primary function: the representation of real things in the world.

Of course, there are ways to improve the online viewing experience. Without question, every artist and gallery requires a well-designed and regularly updated website. But during the course of this entry, I've come to believe that a rush to show artwork on the web may actually be counterproductive. To me, viewing new work online before an exhibition decreases the pleasure of discovering it in person.

 

Von Lintel Gallery – Does Not Reproduce – May-Jul 2019Von Lintel Gallery – Does Not Reproduce – May-Jul 2019LINK TO EXHIBITION GALLERY

Artists: Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Christiane Feser, Rosemarie Fiore, Valerie Jaudon, Chuck Kelton, Klea McKenna, Floris Neusüss, Kate Petley, Osceola Refetoff, Paul Rusconi, Christopher Russell, Joachim Schulz, Joseph Stashkevetch, Canan Tolon, Michael Waugh, John Zinsser

Does Not Reproduce – 2019  "The exhibition will display works of art that suffer significantly from their translation to a 1080 x 1080 pixelated square."  (photo/quote courtesy Von Lintel Gallery)


In the end, isn't that the very experience we're trying to sell? Are we not specifically asking collectors to value the opportunity to experience well-crafted images in their homes, on their walls, in their real and actual daily lives? As a collector as well as a photographer, I'm supremely conscious of the value of living with artwork, particularly so during this time of self-isolation. 

I well understand that galleries are having a tough time. I get that collectors are increasingly fickle, at least partially because their noses are buried in their phones. It has become increasingly evident that many galleries will need to go out of business, perhaps via the intermediate step of moving their operations entirely online. The reduced number of physical galleries that remain may best be served by re-embracing their traditional role of connecting artists and collectors by establishing context, value, and the desirability of ownership for the carefully selected work they represent.

So fewer galleries presenting more relevant artwork, serving a relatively constant pool of genuinely informed and engaged art patrons. People who continue to value interacting with art in real life, first in galleries, and later in the comfort and safety of their well-curated homes.

I believe the fool's race to chasing online eyeballs will result in the same fate of our great journalistic institutions, increasingly absent from our daily lives in this time of greatest need. As a photojournalist, I know firsthand how that story turns out. Actually, what do I know? I still get the L.A. Times delivered to my home, where I'm constantly scheming about how to fill every square inch with artwork.

So sure, we'll be looking at art exclusively online for the foreseeable future. But it's my hope that this time of self-isolation will rekindle an appreciation for real things in the real world. When the doors finally re-open for social-distance-appropriate viewing, let's reflect on the blank wall space we've all stared at for months, and enrich our own lives by supporting local artists and galleries. As I recall reading in the L.A. Weekly, one good thing about physical galleries, you're not allowed to touch anything anyway.

 

Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020Photo: Osceola Refetoff

Art Collection – Chungking Studio – 2020 – I see empty wall space!

 

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DEAR DIARY... https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/5/dear-diary  

ON JOURNALING

 

Few of you know that I've been keeping a photography journal since 2009 – in longhand no less! I'm also reading photographer Edward Weston's famous "Daybooks" from the 1920's and 30's. I believe many of us today – particularly artists – could benefit from keeping a journal, so I've decided to transcribe my entry from last night for those who might be interested in how I use journaling to explore my own artistic output and to plot future direction. With so many of us having a few extra hours on hand these days, this could be a good time to grab a pen and push it across some paper. Warning: by its very nature, this entry does involve quite a few words. 😉

Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 4, 2020Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 4, 2020Photo: Osceola Refetoff

Journal Entry – Chungking Studio – May 4, 2020


I spent most of today re-organizing jpgs of my art installation photos. I previously kept this documentation of my exhibitions in a folder that contained copies of press I've received. A submission I was working on would benefit from the right installation examples, and an exhaustive search led me to assemble (and keyword!) all the images I could find. I often ponder how essential it is to keyword images meant for sharing on the web, but at least they need to be labeled with where, when, and what in addition to photo credit.

Week eight of the novel coronavirus quarantine makes the undertaking of these longform projects possible, even when they are not particularly urgent. I often marvel that the huge percentage of the time I spend on my art career is administrative work of this nature. Essential? Perhaps not, but documentation of exhibitions seems valuable, and photos that are not organized and labeled are unlikely to have much, if any value in the future.

Clearly any artist serious about their career needs to collect documentation like this for current use and towards any potential legacy. Many of us have the aspiration for our work to be remembered. And that raises interesting questions about our own self-awareness about the import of what we create. I choose not to delve too deeply into this existential quandary, rather to just accept that documentation of exhibitions, awards, and accomplishments generally clearly represents best practice despite the significant time commitment.

For every Edward Weston, who was clearly aware and concerned about establishing a legacy of his life's work, there must be many, many others who made similar efforts only to be completely forgotten. And of course, there are a couple of important photographers like Vivian Maier who appears to have had little interest in exhibiting or preserving her work, in her case only rediscovered because of extremely fortunate events after her death (much to our own collective good fortune).

At heart lies the necessity that any successful artist must have some degree of self-confidence in their work, enough at least to continue their creative process.

With regards to self-confidence, perhaps the more the better to confront the great challenges required to make good work and find recognition for these efforts. That surely leaves a very large contingency of artists who overestimate the value of what they create. Since much of this is unknowable during the course of things, perhaps it makes the most sense to just carry on and hope for the best.

 recently read E. Weston's journal entry from 8/14/1930 which addresses "public applause" and fame. More interesting, he writes about the true essence of art: "These painters, and the photographers who imitate them, are 'expressing themselves': Art is considered as a 'self-expression.'" What follows is his basic rejection of "pictorialist" photography and his championing of capturing the true nature of things – their essence – absent of personal interpretation. Basically, the Group f64 rejection of the type of photographic approach they felt was trying to emulate painting. This dogma led to the concerted effort to trivialize and reject photographers like William Mortensen – someone I've come to admire a great deal.
 

Group f64 compliant:

Abandoned Whaleboat – Half Moon Island, Antarctic Peninsula – 2020Abandoned Whaleboat – Half Moon Island, Antarctic Peninsula – 2020

Abandoned Whaleboat – Infrared Exposure – Half Moon Island, Antarctic Peninsula – 2020
 

I believe Weston's argument is dated – fueled by the desire/need to establish photography as an appreciated art form at the same level as painting. Striving to be like painting was seen to undermine photography's unique and valuable differences and attributes. While I appreciate the important work Weston, Ansel Adams, and others did to establish photography as artistically viable, I don't share their penchant for deep focus and "unsentimentality." As I happen to be reviewing my own work from Antarctica, it seems I feel comfortable working within f64 ideals with my black and white infrared photography, and completely rejecting Weston's assertions about pictorialism with my pinhole work. Weston writes: "I am no longer trying to 'express myself,' to impose my own personality on nature, but without prejudice, without falsification, to become identified with nature itself, to see and know things as they are, their very essence… Art is weakened in degree, according to the amount of personality expressed."

I am a fan of Weston's work and his writing, but here I categorically disagree with the entire premise. Firstly, I believe Weston's best work is an expression of himself – his "vision" is inexorably tied to who he is, his experiences, and what he feels. Further, I believe that most of the work I value and respond to most deeply is personal and informed by emotional response on the part of the artist. My goal is to channel more of my feelings into my work. Cerebral output is necessarily distant and cold. Such work has value, but not as much to me as more emotionally-based self-expression. Even the most abstract paintings move me most when they are imbued with tangible, visceral emotion.

I absolutely embrace my own pictorialist work. And I am determined to push myself towards more emotional engagement with my photography. I have no doubt that following my emotional instincts will produce the best images. Easier said than done. But being acutely aware of my quest to create more emotional work is the best path to ultimately achieving the goal.

It seems that right now the emotion I most easily channel is melancholy. It is a bit embarrassing as that seems amongst the cheaper, least noble of feelings. And yet it has a powerful pull for me, even more so as I grow older. Clearly, melancholy is an essential element of most of my pinhole photography. And the goal of this work is specifically to be self-expressive – to imbue each image with my own reaction to the person, place, or thing that I photograph. The purpose of predominantly capturing images of Antarctica with my pinhole rig was to try to interpret something unlike ALL the other photographs I have seen.

Edward Weston would be so disappointed, but then he did not live in a world so oversaturated with photographs. In his time, there were innumerable subjects worthy of exploration – the world was a "blank canvas" with so many low-hanging fruit to make your own. Which is not to say the challenges he faced were any less than today – only different. And despite the significant work he did towards establishing photography as a legitimate art form, current trends – the ubiquity and ease of capturing photos today – seem to have re-enlivened all the old (and tedious) arguments. We live in a world of breathtaking imaging potential, but now more than ever, establishing a deep emotional connection to the viewer is the most effective way to cut through the clutter and create something enduring.


Modern Pictorialism:

Maximum Twilight – Pinhole Exposure – Antarctica – 2020
 

Transcribed word for word from last night's entry. I welcome your thoughts and comments below.

 

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420 x 420 https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/4/420-x-420  

420 x 420

 

Hope y'all are well! Please join us this Monday for a Zen Psychosis event broadcast LIVE!* from Chungking Studio on 4/20 at 4:20 PST. Writer Shana Nys Dambrot and I are cooking up some good sh#t for your viewing pleasure. Definitely MUST SEE TV! 😉

*Live streaming at Instagram @shananys or Facebook Chungking Studio.


Man with (not so) Empty Billboard – Los Angeles, California – 2010Chungking Studio – Zen Psychosis – Book Launch/Solo Exhibition – Los Angeles, California – 2020Griffith Moon Publishing – Zen Psychosis – By Shana Nys Dambrot, Photography by Osceola Refetoff – 2019

Man with (not so) Empty Billboard – Los Angeles, California – 2010
Man with (not so) Empty Billboard – Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles

 

I'm on lockdown like all y'all, but there is work on view at two online exhibitions: the Los Angeles Art Association's Seclusion art sale ENDING April 17, and a virtual incarnation of the Center for Photographic Arts Juried Members Exhibition (Carmel, California).

Stay tuned regarding several postponed exhibits/events in limbo.
 

Contemplating Rothko – Los Angeles, California – 2011Contemplating Rothko – Los Angeles, California – 2011Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2018

Contemplating Rothko – Pinhole Exposure – Los Angeles, California
 

Finally, GREAT NEWS! I've been awarded a spot in The Arctic Circle artist and scientist residency program. The 3-week expedition aboard the tall ship Antigua was pushed back a year to October 2021.


I'm currently working on a series of photographs like none-other ever exposed in our polar deserts. Here's a sneak peek at one such image that connects my window view and pinhole photography practices. You may notice a Rothko thing happening here. Pretty dope, right?


Maximum Twilight – Pinhole Exposure – Antarctica – 2020

 

STAY SAFE & HAPPY 420!

 

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IN THE FLOW ⽔ https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/2/in-the-flow-2020  

IN THE FLOW

 

A friend once said that an artist needs to stay in the flow. Well right now, it's all about the pinhole! Zen Psychosis, my book collaboration with art critic Shana Nys Dambrot sold out in a flash, with a new shipment of the first edition hardback just arriving yesterday. There's an ARTIST TALK at Chungking Studio February 29, 7pm, followed by a book signing/exhibition of pinhole photographs from the dream novella until 10pm.

Check out this thoughtful and hilarious Tales of the LA Art Underworld podcast about the whole endeavor, and Shana's interview in Flaunt Magazine. Heartfelt thanks to all for your support!


Shana Nys Dambrot – The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, California – 2018 (Cropped)Shana Nys Dambrot – The Getty Villa, Malibu, California – 2018Multispectral Pinhole Exposure

Author portrait for Griffith Moon Publishing's
Zen Psychosis, a novella by Shana Nys Dambrot with photography by Osceola Refetoff
Shana Nys Dambrot – Multispectral Pinhole Exposure – The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, California – 2018
(author portrait from Zen Psychosis)


I recently shared what may be the world's first pinhole images of humpback whales captured during last month's adventure in Antarctica with my dad. And Pictures at an Exhibition, my ongoing "pinhole documentation" of the LA art scene continues on social media (@ospix), with exhibitions of both projects planned for next year.

Meanwhile, my "in focus" photographic career continues with two events this week. Words, Words, Words opens February 21 at Praxis Photographic Arts Center in Minneapolis (thru March 17), and Penumbra, an exceptionally strong show at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood opens THIS SATURDAY, February 22, 6-9pm (thru March 20). Next month, I'll have several photos in California Love curated by Michael Rababy at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles opening Saturday, March 7, 8-11pm (thru March 28).

 

Humpback Whales – Pinhole Exposures – Antarctic Peninsula – 2020
 

Speaking of flow, the PHOTO OF THE MONTH is one of my favorites from the book, a 32-second Kinematic™ pinhole exposure from my series City of Night, with 22x17" and 30x24" limited edition prints available from Chungking Studio at 20% off thru February 29. Kinda dreamy, right?


Urban Flow – Hollywood, California – 2010Urban Flow – Hollywood, California – 201032-Second Kinematic™ Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2018

Urban Flow – 32-Second Kinematic™ Pinhole Exposure – Hollywood, California – 2010

 

🤸‍♀️ HAPPY LEAP YEAR! 🏃🏼‍♂️

 

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ZEN PSYCHOSIS LAUNCH THIS SATURDAY! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/1/zen_psychosis_launch  

ZEN PSYCHOSIS LAUNCH THIS SATURDAY!

 

The novella Zen Psychosis launches this Saturday, January 25 at 6pm with a reading at A. G. Geiger Fine Art Books in Los Angeles Chinatown. Next we'll move down the block for food and drinks at Chungking Studio, with new pinhole photographs from the book on view until 10:30pm. Come early, come late, be zen! The hardcover first edition will be available for purchase and signing at both venues.


Zen PsychosisZen PsychosisA personal memoir by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot based entirely on her actual dreams. The novella is accompanied by 30 dreamlike pinhole exposures from this collection, as well as selections from City of Night.

The hardback first edition is available from Griffith Moon Publishing.

 

For our many friends outside Los Angeles, California, Zen Psychosis can be mail ordered directly from Griffith Moon Publishing at this LINK.

 

🚀 HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! 💥

 

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A BOOK, A SHOW, ANTARCTICA! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2020/1/book_show_antarctica  

A BOOK, A SHOW, ANTARCTICA!

 

Mark your calendars! You are cordially invited to the Zen Psychosis launch on Saturday, January 25. Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot's debut novella arrives in a gorgeous hardback 1st edition from Griffith Moon Publishing with 33 pinhole photographs by yours truly.

Festivities begin with a reading at A.G.Geiger Fine Art Books in L.A. Chinatown at 6pm. Then we'll mosey down the block to Chungking Studio for a blowout party and book signing. 🧨


Entrance – Good Evening – Muskegon, Michigan – 2010Entrance – Good Evening – Muskegon, Michigan – 201032-Second Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2011

A nostalgic Midwestern scene cut straight from a Norman Rockwell painting. Drive-ins are becoming a thing of the past, but not in this sleepy town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

 Entrance - Good Evening – Pinhole Exposure – Muskegon, Michigan – 2010

 

If that's not enough, I have a cool mixed media piece in Floating Worlds, curated by my friend Juri Koll at Gallery 825. I personally won't be able to attend the opening Saturday, January 18, 6-9pm – because I'm leaving for ANTARCTICA with my dad! More about that when we get back.

Meanwhile, check out my first story for KCET's Earth Focus, a collaboration with Shawnté Salabert surveying Trona, California's ongoing recovery from this summer's two massive earthquakes. I'm also excited to announce that my work is now in the PERMANENT COLLECTIONS of the Los Angeles Public Library, the Lone Pine Film History Museum, and the Museum of Art & History, in Lancaster, California.


Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2015

Permanent Collection: Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California, USA

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Infrared Exposure – Owens Lake, California
Recently acquired for MOAH's permanent collection
 

Speaking of collections, rather than the usual PHOTO OF THE MONTH, all of my images will be on sale at 15% off for ONE DAY ONLY, at the book signing January 25. This includes new, never seen pinhole images from Zen Psychosis on exhibit at Chungking Studio for your viewing pleasure.


Gold Diggers – Hollywood, California – 2011Gold Diggers – Hollywood, California – 2011Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2019

A triple-X establishment at the time of this exposure, the space has been converted to a nightclub of the same name. The car is a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere.

Gold Diggers – Pinhole Exposure – Hollywood, California, California

 

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ME TALK PRETTY https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/9/me-talk-pretty  

ME TALK PRETTY
 

Mark your calendars! I'm honored to address Photo Friends at the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 16, 12:15pm (630 West 5th St – Meeting Room A: Ground Floor Near 5th St Entrance). Previous Photographer's Eye speakers include personal favorites John Humble, Julius Shulman, Douglas McCulloh, and Nick Ut. My 40-minute talk Creativity and the Documentary Impulse will cover how digital infrared photographs are produced and the evolution/future of California landscape photography.


Artists Talk – Creativity and the Documentary Impulse – October 2019Artists Talk – Creativity and the Documentary Impulse – October 2019Photo Friends 'Photographer's Eye' Series
Downtown Los Angeles Public Library – Graphic design: Amy M. Inouye

 Artist Talk: Creativity and the Documentary Impulse - Wednesday, October 16, 12:15pm
Central Library – 630 West 5th St, Meeting Room A (Ground Floor), Los Angeles


The Pacific Northwest seems omnipresent in my life right now. I'm just back from a photography workshop with Stu Levy and Don Kirby on the Oregon coast. And I have work coming out in Anacortes, Washington-based LensWork Publishing's Seeing in Sixes, a terrific book featuring (you guessed it) six photographs from my It's a Mess Without You series. Finally, Portland's Photolucida announces its Critical Mass winners in mid-October (fingers crossed, I'm a finalist).


Chandelier on La Cienega Boulevard – West Hollywood, California – 2010Chandelier on La Cienega Boulevard – West Hollywood, California – 2010Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2018
Chandelier on La Cienega Boulevard - at Merchant Gallery

 

Further south, Electric Kool-Aid Banana curated by Marischa Slusarski CLOSES THIS SATURDAY, September 28 at Merchant Gallery in Santa Monica. Coy, juried by Phyllis Hofberg, is on view at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood thru October 18. Complete info on these and other upcoming events is available here.
 

Something a bit mysterious for the PHOTO OF THE MONTH, available directly from Chungking Studio at a 20% discount for 17x22” limited edition prints thru Halloween, October 31:


Rob K. & Tony C. – Infrared Exposure with Movie Lights  – Hollywood, CA – 2009AN OCEAN OF HUMANITYComprising many variations of portraiture – commissioned, candid, studio, personal, travel, and environmental – this is by far my largest and most unruly portfolio, reflecting my fervid curiosity with our species in all its tumultuous forms of self-expression.

Rob K & Tony C – Infrared Exposure with Movie Lights – Hollywood, California – 2009
First printed: 2013

PRINT EDITIONS, SIZES & PRICING

Rob K. & Tony C. - Infrared Exposure with Movie Lights - Hollywood, CA

 

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KA-BOOM!! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/7/ka-boom  

KA-BOOM !!
 

Early fireworks last Sunday at the Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards. I was honored to receive two first place trophies for Feature Photo and Photo Essay, placing 2nd for Photojournalist of the Year. My High & Dry partner Christopher Langley placed 3rd for Environmental Reporting, all for work on KCET's Artbound.

Highlights included a Lifetime Achievement Award for legendary sports journalist Jim Hill (introduced by Magic Johnson), and an incisive speech by Public Service Award honoree Henry Winkler on journalism's essential role in our "already great" country.


61st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards - Los Angeles, CA - June 201961st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards - Los Angeles, CA - June 2019Osceola Refetoff & Shana Nys Dambrot
61st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards
Photo left: © Billy W. Bennight II

61st Annual SoCal Journalism Awards at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles
Shana Nys Dambrot won for her LA Weekly Profile on Viggo Mortensen


The busy weekend also included the Blind Courier opening, curated by Hilary Baker and Lauren Kasmer at the Brand Library in Glendale, California. The stunning show features eleven of my pinhole images on view thru August 23. Fancy art critic Shana Nys Dambrot leads an artist walk-thru on August 11, 2-4pm.
 

Blind Courier - Brand Library & Art Center - Glendale, CA - June-August 2019Blind Courier – Brand Library & Art Center – Glendale, California – Jun-Aug 2019Osceola Refetoff Curated by Hilary Baker and Lauren Kasmer
Blind Courier at The Brand Library & Art Center - Photo: Genie Davis


The same evening, The Vision Board opened with great fanfare at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, California. My first mixed-media piece is on view thru August 24 alongside outstanding works by an impressive line-up of L.A. art luminaries. A "champagne and cookies" walk thru with curator Elizabeth Valdez is planned for August 10, 12-2pm. 🍪🍾


The Vision Board – Kopeikin Gallery – Culver City, CA - Jun-Aug 2019The Vision Board – Kopeikin Gallery – Culver City, CA - Jun-Aug 2019Image (right): Osceola Refetoff, The Dream of Sustainability, mixed media, 2019

Curated by Elizabeth Valdez – LINK TO EXHIBITION GALLERY

Artists: Rebecca Bird, Nancy Buchanan, Alejandro Cartagen, Jamison Carter, Carolyn Castaño, JooYoung Choi, Kevin Cooley, Joseph Cultice, Jen DeNike, Fabian Debora, Mike Dee, Chris Finley, Margaret Griffith, Carla Jay Harris, Pearl C. Hsiung, Bettina Hubby, Salomon Huerta, Elizabeth Huey, Kysa Johnson, Kiel Johnson, Nina Katchadourian, Laura Krifka, Mark Licari, Jordie Oetken, Amy Park, William Powhida, Monique Prieto, Osceola Refetoff, Fawn Rogers, Gretchen Rollins, Erica Rothenberg, Katie Shapiro, Guy Richard Smit, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Elizabeth Valdez, Marnie Weber, Sarah Ann Weber, Christopher Williams, Melanie Wilhide
The Vision Board Show / The Dream of Sustainability - thru August 24

 

What's next? I'll be exhibiting new work at three venues in Estonia! Curated by Juri Koll, Edge to Edge will travel to the Tartu Graphic Festival, the Pärnu IN Graphics Festival, and Fahle Gallery in Tallinn between July 22-August 30 (see link for details). And Electric Kool-Aid Banana, curated by Britt Ehringer and Marischa Slusarski, brings a psychedelic blast to Merchant Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, opening August 30, 6-9pm. 💥

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALREADY GREAT AMERICA!

 

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WAIT, WHAT!? https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/6/wait-what  

WAIT, WHAT!?

 

The next couple of weeks are kinda crazy, so buckle up my friends, and let’s get started!
 
Summer is off to a colorful start this Saturday with the Los Angeles Art Association’s always-entertaining Out There exhibition celebrating West Hollywood Pride Month at Gallery 825. Juried by Cliff Benjamin of Western Project, the show opens June 22, 6-9pm (thru June 28).
 
Then the following weekend, things really heat up… 🔥
 


Dead Tree, Nests & Thermal Plants – Salton Sea, California – 2014Dead Tree, Nests & Thermal Plants – Salton Sea, California – 2014Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2015

Captured on assignment, this dark, infrared exposure was too edgy for the glossy magazine, but the
color version ran full-bleed, double-boxcar.

The Salton Sea was formed by accident during the construction of irrigation canals for the Colorado River. The shallow lake has become more saline than the ocean, and contaminated by natural toxins and agricultural runoff. As it dries up, particulate pollution from talc-fine dust threatens the health of millions from Palm Springs to Los Angeles.

Remarkably, the tainted environment supports an large concentration of wildlife, forming an essential layover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway. Here a dead tree provides habitat for cormorants, and in the background,​ industrial forms spewing “smoke” are in fact steaming thermal-plants providing some of the cleanest energy available.

KCET Artbound – High & Dry: The Salton Sea and the Search for Solutions to the West's Problems – October 2015

Dead Tree, Nests & Thermal Plants – Infrared Exposure - Salton Sea, CA - on view in Minneapolis, Minnesota
 


Mono-Kromatik, juried by Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, opens Friday, June 28 at the Praxis Photographic Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota (thru July 22).
 
On Saturday, June 29, two fantastic openings. Blind Couriercurated by Hilary Baker and Lauren Kasmer, features twelve of my pinhole images at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California (thru August 23). And I’m debuting a mixed media piece (wait, what!?) in The Vision Board curated by Elizabeth Valdez at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City. With both shows opening Saturday 6-9pm, I’ll be at the Brand from 6-7pm, then jet over to Kopeikin 8-9pm. How crazy is that?
 
Evidently, not crazy enough, because the following night is the Los Angeles Press Club's 61st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards gala at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA. I’m a finalist for four awards, including Photojournalist of the Year. Shana Nys Dambrot is nominated three times as well. Should be a helluva night! 💥
 

 

Crossroads of the World – Hollywood, California – 2010Crossroads of the World – Hollywood, California – 201032-Second Kinematic™ Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2018
Crossroads of the World - 32 Second Pinhole Exposure – Hollywood, California - debuting at the Brand in Glendale, California
 

If you have not yet seen Does Not Reproduce, Von Lintel Gallery’s inaugural show at their beautiful new space in the Bendix Building, that is something you absolutely must see in person (thru July 20).

And last but not least, I'm delighted to announce that my work is now available at Truth & Beauty Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a Canadian, that makes me very happy. Go Canada! 🇨🇦

I know. My head is spinning too. So I’ll leave it at that. Complete info on all my exhibitions/events is always available here

 

BEWARE MY FRIENDS: SUMMER IS COMING!

 

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IT'S BEEN A MINUTE https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/5/its-been-a-minute  

IT'S BEEN A MINUTE

 

…so let's get to it! The Los Angeles Press Club just announced their SoCal Journalism Award finalists. I'm proud to represent KCET's Artbound / High & Dry for Best Feature Photo, Photo Essay (News/Feature), and Photo Essay (Culture/Entertainment).

I am also up for SoCal Photojournalist of the Year. Yes, I’m currently the LA Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Awards Photojournalist of the Year, so… is that even legal?



Boarded-Up Farm House – Bishop, California – 2016Boarded-Up Farm House – Bishop, California – 2016Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018

KCET Artbound – The Silos of Inyo County: Tombstones of the Ghost Farms – July 2017
Los Angeles Press Club Awards: Best Feature Photo, Best Photo Series – 2019

Boarded-Up Farmhouse with Watchful Horse – Searles, California – LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Award Finalist: Feature Photo in KCET's story nominated for Photo Essay (Culture/Entertainment)


So many openings to announce! Does Not Reproduce, Von Lintel Gallery’s inaugural show at their new digs in Downtown LA, opens Saturday, May 25, 6-9pm (thru July 20). Life of Water opens Wednesday, June 5, 6-9pm at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado (thru July 1). And my seventh “straight” appearance in Gallery 825’s yearly Out There exhibition celebrating Pride Month in West Hollywood opens Saturday, June 22, 6-9pm (thru June 28).
 
But that’s not all! I have two openings on Saturday, June 29: The Vision Board at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, California, and Blind Courier at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California. More details on the Blind/Vision shows will be in the next newsletter. Meanwhile, complete info on all this exhibition madness is available here.
 

Room with Crib – Whittaker-Bermite Site – Santa Clarita, CA – 2017Room with Crib – Whittaker-Bermite Site – Santa Clarita, California – 2017First printed: 2017

KCET Artbound – High & Dry: Whittaker-Bermite: Environmental Redemption in Santa Clarita, California – 2018

Room with Crib – Whittaker-Bermite Site – Santa Clarita, California – from KCET’s award-nominated story for Photo Essay (News/Feature)
 


In honor of Shana Nys Dambrot's novella Zen Psychosis – coming soon from Griffith Moon Publishing and featuring 25 of my pinhole exposures – May's PHOTO OF THE MONTH is available directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off for 17x22” limited edition prints thru May 31. Yes, the image will be in the book and for sale at upcoming signing events – but not at this "early entry" price. 😉

 

Entrance – Good Evening – Muskegon, Michigan – 2010Entrance – Good Evening – Muskegon, Michigan – 201032-Second Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2011

A nostalgic Midwestern scene cut straight from a Norman Rockwell painting. Drive-ins are becoming a thing of the past, but not in this sleepy town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

"Entrance - Good Evening" – Pinhole Exposure – Drive In - Muskegon, Michigan
 

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ALL SYSTEMS GO https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/3/all-systems-go  

ALL SYSTEMS GO

 

Paradox California is garnering rave reviews! Much gratitude to Genie Davis for her gorgeous piece in Riot Material, Two Artists, One State of Mind. The stunning exhibit with Chelsea Dean is at Launch LA: 170 S. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood (gallery hours Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm). Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot will moderate an artist talk on the FINAL DAY: Saturday, March 23, 3-4pm.



Charred House on Trinity Street – Sunset – Mojave, California – 2016Charred House on Trinity Street – Sunset – Mojave, California – 2016First printed: 2019

KCET Artbound –
A Glimpse of Another America – Dec 2017

Charred House on Trinity Street – Sunset – Mojave, California – 2016


Next up: Photoplay curated by Michael Rababy opens THIS SATURDAY, March 9, 8-11pm at The Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. The show features alternative photographic processes, so I'll be exhibiting both infrared and pinhole work, including a SNEAK PEEK at a couple of images from Shana Nys Dambrot's upcoming novella Zen Psychosis. Hope to see you there!
 

The Hive Gallery – "Photoplay" curated by Michael Rababy – March-April 2019The Hive Gallery – "Photoplay" curated by Michael Rababy – March-April 2019Photo: Osceola Refetoff, Contemplating Rothko – Los Angeles, California – 2011
Contemplating Rothko - Pinhole Exposure - Los Angeles, California - 2011


So today's PHOTO OF THE MONTH is from The Hives' 4th Annual Photo Exhibit: Analog vs. Digital. The classic pinhole image is available directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off the list price thru March 31. Also for a limited time, a framed, open edition of selected photographs is available at Launch LA at a price point even my artist friends should be able to afford. Get them while you still can!
 

Blue Hopper Car – Mojave, California – 2010Blue Hopper Car – Mojave, California – 2010Pinhole Exposure - First printed: 2015

Permanent Collection: Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California, USA

Blue Hopper - Pinhole Exposure - Mojave, California - 2010
 

ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES RULE! 
 

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READY TO LAUNCH! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/2/ready-to-launch  

READY TO LAUNCH

 

Mark your calendars – twice! Paradox California opens at Launch LA, Saturday, February 23, 6-9pm. The two-person show pairs my work with talented mixed-media artist Chelsea Dean, exploring the contradiction between promise and actuality in the “Golden State.” Paradox California runs thru March 23.



Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016First printed: 2017

KCET Artbound –
Burned Palm Trees and Miracles: The Great Fire of Thermal, CA - August 2016

Chelsea Dean – Within the Present III – Mixed Media – 2019Chelsea Dean – Within the Present III – Mixed Media – 2019hand-cut photograph, 24k gold leaf, washi tape, and found objects from abandoned homesteads

Top: Osceola Refetoff, Remains of the Fruitland Fire - Dawn - Thermal, California, archival pigment print, 2016
Below: Chelsea Dean, Within the Present III, hand-cut photograph, 24k gold leaf, washi tape, and found objects, 2019

 

Also excited to present work from my After the Fight portfolio at Art Palm Springs in the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit Out in the Street on view at the Palm Springs Convention Center, February 14-18.

 

Late Weigh-In – Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana, Mexico – 1998Late Weigh-In – Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana, Mexico – 1998Archival pigment print from full-frame, medium format film exposure.

The bosses arrived late on this particular Sunday, so their employee is already soaked in blood for the weigh-in. The worker's weight is subtracted from the total as he stands on the scale with large sections of beef on his shoulders.

Artillery Magazine –
Code Orange Photography Award Winner – 2018

Late Weigh-In - Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana, Mexico - 1998
archival pigment print from full-frame, medium format film exposure


 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix after the fight art palm springs black & white photography chelsea dean color photography full frame graphic international launch LA medium format Osceola Refetoff out in the street paradox california plaza de toros slaughterhouse tijuana mexico venice institute of contemporary art vica www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/2/ready-to-launch Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:38:21 GMT
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/1/whole-lotta-love  

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE

 

With a name like mine, you gotta love it when the awards MC has to pause for a moment before announcing the winner. I had the honor to hear my name mispronounced not once, but twice at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards, for Best Photo Series and Photojournalist of the Year.

The commendations follow this summer’s Writer of the Year and Best Photo Series awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of California. What a great way to close out the year!

 

Los Angeles Press Club National Journalism Awards – December 2018Los Angeles Press Club National Journalism Awards – December 2018Photojournalist of the Year, Best Photo Series
LA Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel - December 2018
 

Coming up for 2019, I’m excited to announce a two-person exhibition with Chelsea Dean at Launch LA opening Saturday, February 23.

Shana Nys Dambrot's upcoming novella Zen Psychosis will be out soon from Griffith Moon Publishing. My pinhole photographs will complement the beautiful, hardcover first edition.
 

Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles Chinatown – 2019Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles Chinatown – 2019Photo: Osceola Refetoff
Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff sequencing images for Zen Psychosis at Chungking Studio - 2019
 

And so, today's PHOTO OF THE MONTH is a classic pinhole image available directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off the list price through January 31.
 

Sixth Street Viaduct – Los Angeles, California – 2011Sixth Street Viaduct – Los Angeles, California – 2011Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2011
Sixth Street Viaduct - Pinhole Exposure - Los Angeles, California - 2011
 

WISHING YOU AN ARTFUL NEW YEAR!
 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #naeja #ospix chelsea dean chungking studio color photography digital pinhole photography griffith moon la press club national arts and entertainment journalism awards Osceola Refetoff outdoor writers association of california owac photojournalist of the year shana nys dambrot writer of the year www.ospix.com zen psychosis https://www.ospix.com/blog/2019/1/whole-lotta-love Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:30:00 GMT
GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/11/grateful-for-your-support  

GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

This month brings much gratitude, particularly for the vibrant arts and journalism communities thriving in Los Angeles today. This summer, I was the recipient of the Outdoor Writer’s Association of California’s Writer of the Year award. And today, I am one of two finalists for the Los Angeles Press Club’s Photographer of the Year honor, with additional nominations for Portrait Photo and Photo Series. There's also a nod this year for my scouting work from the California On Locations Awards.

 

Greg Escalante – Chung King Road, Los Angeles, California – 2016Greg Escalante – Chung King Road, Los Angeles, California – 2016
Greg Escalante - Chung King Road - Los Angeles, California - 2016
LA Press Club Nat'l Journalism Award Finalist for Portrait Photo
Awards Gala: December 2, 2018


Los Angeles is blessed to have so many fine arts writers and publications. I'm thankful to Artillery Magazine for this full page Code Orange spread in the current print issue. The same photograph was recently featured in the LA Weekly.

Much appreciation to Genie Davis for her Art and Cake review of Between Two Seas / LA International. The beautiful show is extended through December 2 at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica, California.

 

Artillery Magazine – Code Orange – Nov-Dec 2018Artillery Magazine – Code Orange – Nov-Dec 2018Photography Award Winner – LINK
Photo: Late Weigh-In – Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana Mexico – 1998

Late Weigh-In - Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana Mexico - 1998

 

This Thanksgiving, I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend of printing pinhole images for birthday girl Shana Nys Dambrot’s upcoming Zen Psychosis novella from Griffith Moon. With so many of you on the road this holiday, the PHOTO OF THE MONTH is selected from my Flirting with Disaster portfolio. It was captured at 70 mph and available directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off the list price.

Discount applies to either 17x22" or 24x30" limited edition prints thru November 15. Thank you for your support and have a great holiday!
 

Leaving Trona – Poison Canyon, California – 2011Leaving Trona – Poison Canyon, California – 2011Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2014

Arid: Journal of the Desert –
Prayer Changes Things: Desert Faith in Trona, CA – October 2015

Leaving Trona - Infrared Exposure - Poison Canyon, California - 2011

 

Y'ALL KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix artillery magazine between two seas black & white photography chung king road code orange color photography digital pinhole photography greg escalante griffith moon infrared photography la press club la weekly national journalism award finalist Osceola Refetoff photographer of the year photography exhibition shana nys dambrot writer of the year www.ospix.com zen psychosis https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/11/grateful-for-your-support Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:27:02 GMT
SEASON OF THE BOOK https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/10/season-of-the-book  

SEASON OF THE BOOK

 

Fall begins with two exhibitions in Los Angeles: OUT and ABOUT at Rebecca Molayem Gallery on Fairfax, and Out in the Street, curated by Juri Koll at MuzeuMM. Each show features six of my photographs, on view thru October 20 and October 22, respectively.

 

Los Angeles Times - Arts & Culture Datebook - June 2018Los Angeles Times - Arts & Culture Datebook - June 2018 Artillery Magazine – Code Orange – Nov-Dec 2018Artillery Magazine – Code Orange – Nov-Dec 2018Photography Award Winner – LINK
Photo: Late Weigh-In – Plaza de Toros Monumental de Tijuana Mexico – 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Currently on view: OUT and ABOUT and Out in the Streets
 

Up next: Between Two Seas/LA International curated by Luigia Martelloni at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Opening October 20, 6-9pm, the exhibit follows-up this summer's acclaimed Between Two Seas show at the Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporanea in Cisternino, Italy. If you missed High & Dry: Land Artifacts at the Museum of Art & History, here's an opportunity to see some of that new infrared work.

 

Our Churches (Sierra Wave) - Infrared Exposure - Trona, CA - 2011Our Churches (Sierra Wave) - Trona, CA - 2011

Touring Club Italiano coverage of the MAAAC exhibit. My photo bottom right.

 

Last but not least, there are two book projects in the works: an exhibition catalog for High & Dry’s MOAH exhibition, and Zen Psychosis, a novella by Shana Nys Dambrot for Griffith Moon. The later will include a new portfolio of dreamlike, urban pinhole images.

So something new for the PHOTO OF THE MONTH: be the very first to own this fresh-off-the-press, never exhibited photograph Chandelier on La Cienega from Zen Psychosis and available directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off the list price in either 17x22" or 24x30" limited edition prints  (thru October 31).


ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA - 2016ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA - 2016

Chandelier on La Cienega - Pinhole Exposure - Los Angeles, CA
 

 

HAVE AN ARTFUL (AND BOOKISH) SEASON!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix art opening between two seas color photography griffith moon la weekly land artifacts maaac moah moah lancaster museo area archeologica arte contemporanea muzeumm Osceola Refetoff photography exhibition rebecca molayem gallery shana nys dambrot solo show touring club italiano www.ospix.com zen psychosis https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/10/season-of-the-book Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:02:10 GMT
HIGH DRY AMERICAN SUMMER https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/7/high-dry-american-summer  

HIGH DRY AMERICAN SUMMER

 

Just ten days left before our MOAH exhibition becomes history! Much gratitude to LA’s outstanding art writers who've bestowed some great press on the show, including two Los Angeles Times listings by cultural journalist Carolina A. Miranda.

But don't just read about it! See it IRL (thru July 15).

 

Los Angeles Times - Arts & Culture Datebook - June 2018Los Angeles Times - Arts & Culture Datebook - June 2018

High & Dry: Land Artifacts at MOAH – Closing Sunday, July 15

 

Currently on view in the Los Angeles Art Association’s Apocrypha exhibit: an oversize print that represents something of a departure – like all the way to Africa (thru July 20).

And opening this month: Between Two Seas at the Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporanea in Cisternino, Italy (July 7 – Sept 1) and The Telling Image at the Praxis Photographic Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN (July 13 – August 8).

For those keeping score at home, that’s nine group exhibitions and two solo shows so far this year. Fireworks anyone?

 

Our Churches (Sierra Wave) - Infrared Exposure - Trona, CA - 2011Our Churches (Sierra Wave) - Trona, CA - 2011

Our Churches - Infrared Exposure - Trona CA - on view at Praxis July 13-Aug 8

 

Finally, here's something distinctly American for your PHOTO OF THE MONTH consideration. Get your ICE/AMMO directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off in either 17x22” or 24x30" limited edition prints (thru July 31).


ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA - 2016ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA - 2016

Photo of the Month: ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA

 

BECAUSE, AMERICA

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix apocrypha  art opening between two seas black & white photography california high desert carolina a. miranda chungking studio color photography desert landscape photography digital infrared photography laaa land artifacts los angeles art association los angeles times maaac moah moah lancaster museo area archeologica arte contemporanea Osceola photography exhibition praxis photographic arts center Refetoff solo show the telling image www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/7/high-dry-american-summer Tue, 03 Jul 2018 20:30:00 GMT
MO' MOAH! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/5/mo-moah HIGH & DRYHIGH & DRY

 

"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" Opening - Museum of Art & History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - May 2018"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" Opening - Museum of Art & History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - May 2018
Liz Gordon, Miles Regis, and friends at the "High & Dry: Land Artifacts" opening
Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – May 2018

 

Thank you to all the friends and family who made our MOAH opening such success! For those who couldn't make it, the show continues through July 15, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm, with extended hours Thursdays, 11am-8pm.

An ARTIST TALK is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 at 1pm.

Don't forget to bring a small, personal item for the exhibit time capsule.
 

 

Riot Material – High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Visions of the Desert – May 2018Riot Material – High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Visions of the Desert – May 2018by Genie Davis – LINK TO ARTICLE Los Angeles Times – Arts & Culture Datebook – May 2018Los Angeles Times – Arts & Culture Datebook – May 2018by Carolina A. Miranda – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo: Resting Place – Infrared Exposure – Owens Lake, California – 2016

 

Land Artifacts has been generously reviewed including Los Angeles Times Datebook Coverage by Carolina A. Miranda and a wonderful piece by Genie Davis in Riot Material.

While the show is best experienced in person, for those unable to make it, KCET's Artbound has syndicated a video with the original Desert Dispatch on which the show is based.

 

"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" Osceola Refetoff, Bob Semerau (Executive Director, Outdoor Writers Association of California) & Christopher Langley - Museum of Art & History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018Osceola Refetoff, Bob Semerau (Executive Director, Outdoor Writers Association of California) & Christopher Langley – 2018Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Lancaster, California – 2018
Osceola Refetoff (left), Bob Semerau (Executive Director, Outdoor Writers Association of California) & Christopher Langley 

 

High & Dry's multi-platform output has just garnered recognition from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, including Writer of the Year awards for both Langley and Refetoff, as well as Best Outdoor News Article (Langley), Best Outdoor Photographic Series (Refetoff), and Best Outdoor Medium (OWAC's highest award for work in any media).

Chris and Osceola's work on is also nominated for the Los Angeles Press Club's award for Activism Journalism.

 

 

NOW COME SEE FOR YOURSELF WHAT ALL THE BUZZ IS ABOUT!

 

Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CaliforniaMuseum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California

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

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix artist talk award winner black & white photography california high desert carolina a. miranda christopher langley desert landscape photography digital infrared photography genie davis high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain kcet artbound lancaster ca land artifacts los angeles press club los angeles times miles regis moah moah lancaster Osceola Refetoff outdoor writers association of california owac photography exhibition riot material solo show writer of the year www.desertdispatches.com www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/5/mo-moah Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:00 GMT
HIGH & DRY: MOAH! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/5/moah2018 HIGH & DRYHIGH & DRY

 

High & Dry is proud to announce our latest exhibition:

 

High & Dry: Land Artifacts

Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CaliforniaMuseum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California

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

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

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

 

MAKE A VISIT TO MOAH A PART OF YOUR PERSONAL LEGACY!
 

KCET/PBS SoCal "Artbound"KCET/PBS SoCal "Artbound"

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LAND ARTIFACTS https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/3/land-artifacts  

LAND ARTIFACTS

 

Friends, it’s time to Spring ahead, and I must say that 2018 has already been quite the year so far, with my work already in five exhibitions, including the current Empty Spaces, Abandoned Spaces at the Praxis Photographic Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (thru March 17), and as a featured artist in Digital vs Analog at the Hive Gallery in DTLA (thru April 6).

Just ended is The New Pictorialists, my month-long co-curation with art critic Shana Nys Dambrot at YourDailyPhotograph.com. Continuing on the curatorial bent, I’ll be jurying this year’s Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) – entry deadline: March 31.

 

Serpentine Hopper Cars – Searles, California – 2010Serpentine Hopper Cars – Searles, California – 2010Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018
Serpentine Boxcars - Infrared Exposure - Searles, CA


There’s big news with my writer-photographer collaboration High & Dry, with two new dispatches on the ecologically rehabilitated Whittaker-Bermite site in Santa Clarita, California, formerly a fireworks and munitions plant. The stories will be syndicated as always on KCET’s Emmy-winning Artbound, but you can see them here first.

High & Dry is revving up for our first institutional exhibition opening at the Museum of Art & History (Lancaster, CA) just two months from today’s date – Saturday, May 12, 4-6pm. LAND ARTIFACTS will feature all black & white infrared photographs and is the first art exhibition to integrate historical objects from MOAH's permanent collection.

 

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns – Owens Lake, California – 2013Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2015

Permanent Collection: Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, California, USA

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns - Infrared Exposure - Owens Lake, CA


Oh! And I’m on my way to Houston for FotoFest this week. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ll be reporting on my experience from deep in the heart of Texas.

In that spirit, here's your Photo of the Month, available for purchase directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off in either 17x22” or 24x34" limited edition prints (thru April 15).

 

Man with Upset Chair (Self Portrait) – Lone Pine, California – 2016Man with Upset Chair (Self Portrait) – Lone Pine, California – 2016First printed: 2016

Created for the exhibition
GUNS, this image addresses the romantic mythology of the American West – a cinematic reverie of pioneers, cowboys, and lawless individual freedom. Essential to the nation’s cultural identity, these majestic lands are increasingly compromised, contested, and degraded.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Man with Upset Chair - Lone Pine, CA

 

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A NEW YEAR, SHINY & BRIGHT https://www.ospix.com/blog/2018/1/new-year-shiny-bright  

A NEW YEAR, SHINY & BRIGHT


Happy New Year my friends! After attending a dozen exhibitions this weekend, I am awed by Los Angeles' creative talent and the multitude of outstanding exhibition venues. 2018 reckons to be a year of great beauty and wonder!

 

Merry-Go-Round Swing with Sunflare - Pinhole Exposure - Hollywood CA - 2011

 

For my part, I'm excited to announce Scapes curated by Hayley Marie Colston at Unità in El Segundo, opening this Saturday, January 13, 6-11pm (thru January 27). I'll be there until 8:30pm (because there are so many damn openings in this town!)  Meanwhile, the epic Art in Place exhibition continues in Long Beach, with a closing reception Saturday, January 27, 3-6pm. You don't want to miss this one!

Finally, The New Pictorialists explores a classical, process-oriented aesthetic that continues photography's ongoing conversation with painting. Co-curated by fancy art critic Shana Nys Dambrot and yours truly, you'll need to subscribe here to see the work unfurl over the next month on Duncan Miller Gallery's YourDailyPhotograph.com

 

 

Scapes – Unita – Jan-Feb 2019Scapes – Unita – Jan-Feb 2019

Scapes: photography by Diane Cockerill, Ryan Meichtry & Osceola Refetoff

 

So what will you be exhibiting at your home? Perhaps January's Photo of the Month, available for purchase directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off in either 17x22” or 24x30" limited edition prints (thru January 31).

 

Boy on Trike – Niland, California – 2012Boy on Trike – Niland, California – 2012First printed: 2017

PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Boy on Trike - Niland, CA - 2012 (First printed: 2017)

 

WISHING YOU AN ARTFUL YEAR AHEAD!

 

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SHOW TIME https://www.ospix.com/blog/2017/11/show-time SHOW TIME!


It's an all-city time, with work currently on view in three exhibitions across Los Angeles County: Personal Vacation at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood (thru December 1), Boulevard of Broken Dreams at The Six in Calabasas (thru November 15), and the epic, must see Art in Place at the Newberry Lofts in Long Beach (by appointment thru December 17).

 

Trailer at Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, California - 2012Trailer at Hot Creek – Mammoth Lakes, California – 2012First printed: 2015

The Long Valley Caldera was created by a great volcanic cataclysm. For this image, I used my hand to partially shade the window so that the trailer interior shows through on one side and the desert landscape is reflected in the other. I love this type of in-camera alchemy, particularly the way the light switch seems to hover between the two spatial planes, furthering the illusionistic character of this absolutely real image.

Trailer at Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, California - 2012

 

And that's not all! This Saturday, LAUNCH LA, in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio, presents Seismic Shift - Confronting Catastrophe curated by MacKenzie Stevens of the Hammer Museum. The thought-provoking exhibit opens in Highland Park on November 11, 6-9pm (thru December 2).

 

 

ICE/AMMO - Mojave, California - 2016MAGIC AND REALISMICE/AMMO – Mojave, California – 2016
First printed: 2016

After many years in this spot, the ICE/AMMO sign was destroyed in a windstorm not long after I made this exposure.

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ICE/AMMO - Mojave, California - 2016


So what will you be exhibiting at your place? Perhaps a dramatic vision of the Eastern Sierra directly below Mt. Whitney. Your Photo of the Month is available for purchase directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off in either 17x22” or 24x36" limited edition prints (thru November 30).

 

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills Outside Lone Pine, California – 2013First printed: 2016

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour leg of Metabolic Studio's 100-mule, 233 mile trek to mark the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the gravity-powered feat of civil engineering deprived the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was compelled to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate toxic dust storms. Tension persists between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

Permanent Collection: Lone Pine Film History Museum – Lone Pine, California
Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Outdoor Photographic Series
2014
KCET Artbound –
Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules – Oct 2013

PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013

 

KEEP CALM AND LOVE ART

 

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PRETTY IN INK https://www.ospix.com/blog/2017/3/pretty-in-ink PRETTY IN INK

 

For an artist, exhibiting work can be as nerve-wracking as it is inspiring. Will they come, will they collect... will they write about it? Well, I am pleased to report things are going well across the board, and not least because I am genuinely humbled and honored by the slate of positive coverage on my current solo show It’s a Mess Without You at Porch Gallery - Ojai. First, there was Betty Ann Brown's auspicious feature interview in Artillery Magazine, and now a huge thank you to Genie Davis for her excellent review in DiversionsLA.

 

Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016First printed: 2017

KCET Artbound – Burned Palm Trees and Miracles: The Great Fire of Thermal, CA - August 2016

Remains of the Fruitland Fire - Dawn - Thermal, CA - 2016

 

The show is covered locally in the Santa Barbara Independent, Ojai Valley News, and Ojai Quarterly, and recommended in the Western U.S. juggernauts Visual Art Source and ArtScene.

The exhibition runs thru MARCH 26, and we have a few special dates planned for those who'd like to visit. I’ll be hanging out on the porch in beautiful Ojai Sunday, March 19, 10:30am-2pm. There’s an Artist Talk on Saturday, March 25 at 4pm, followed by the Closing Reception 5-7pm, with one last porch hang the following morning, Sunday, March 26, 10am-2pm.

 

Badlands Literary Journal – Cover Photo/Feature Article – 2017Badlands Literary Journal – Cover Photo/Feature Article – 2017Photo: Osceola Refetoff, Mojave Overpass – Mojave, California – 2009
Badlands Literary Journal - Cover & Feature Article - 2017


In “black-and-white” news, Atlas just released a wide-ranging interview that includes the heart-warming story of how I got my first camera at age 5 and just “knew” I’d become a photographer… Okay, that’s not strictly speaking true – you’ll have to read it to find out the real story!

Also just out: Badlands Literary Journal’s epic 3-part High & Dry feature on the Salton Sea, published by the College of the Desert. Swing by Chungking Studio for a copy, first come first served.

 

Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011First printed: 2015
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Trailer off Schabbell Lane - Fort Independence, CA - July 4, 2011 ()


But don’t just read about it, own a piece of history! Here’s your photo for the month of March, available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17 x 22”) limited edition prints through March 31.

 

SEE YOU IN THE FUNNY PAPERS!

 

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A MONTH IN FULL https://www.ospix.com/blog/2017/2/a-month-in-full A MONTH IN FULL

 

February may be the shortest month, but here at Ospix, we are making the most of every moment!

My solo show at Porch Gallery - Ojai opens Saturday, February 18, 5-7pm. It’s a Mess Without You will feature new work from my Desert Windows series and runs February 16 - March 26. If you'd like to stay in town, please plan ahead (you can contact Porch for assistance with accommodations). The gallery also hosts weekly #seeyouontheporch gatherings on Sundays 10am-2pm. I’ll be hanging out there the Sunday after the opening, February 19.
 

 

Window with Wire & Tiny Cloud – Cinco, California – 2009Window with Wire & Tiny Cloud – Cinco, California – 2009First printed: 2017

Just printed: Window with Wire & Tiny Cloud - Cinco, CA - 2009


The solo show comes amidst a flurry of winter exhibitions – a total of eight events between January 12 - March 1 – with upcoming California openings in West Hollywood (Feb 11), Indio (Feb 24), Santa Barbara (March 1), and Palm Desert (March 12).

The Indio and Palm Desert shows are official parallel programming for the highly anticipated Desert X land art biennial. All the details are on my website’s freshly updated Exhibition Calendar. Perhaps I'll see you at one of the venues!
 

 

Man with Upset Chair (Self Portrait) – Lone Pine, California – 2016Man with Upset Chair (Self Portrait) – Lone Pine, California – 2016First printed: 2016

Created for the exhibition GUNS, this image addresses the romantic mythology of the American West – a cinematic reverie of pioneers, cowboys, and lawless individual freedom. Essential to the nation’s cultural identity, these majestic lands are increasingly compromised, contested, and degraded.

Man with Upset Chair - Lone Pine, CA - 2016

 

The image above was created for the GUNS show this fall. A new, large-size print will be featured at Gallery 825's Make America exhibit opening February 11. The Photo of the Month (below) reflects this wonderful merry-go-round of a photographer’s life, and is available to collectors for 20% off the list price directly from Chungking Studio in limited edition prints through February 28.
 

 

Merry-Go-Round – Madison, Wisconsin – 2010Merry-Go-Round – Madison, Wisconsin – 2010Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2018

Merry-Go-Round - Pinhole Exposure - Henry Vilas Zoo - Madison, WI - 2010

 

The negative is comparable to the composer's score, and the print to its performance.

– Ansel Adams

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MAKING THE SCENE IN 2017 https://www.ospix.com/blog/2017/1/making-the-scene-in-2017 MAKING THE SCENE IN 2017

 

Try as we may to extend the holidays, our attention must finally shift to the new year ahead. Let’s greet the future with some art, shall we?


This Thursday (January 12) is the opening night of Los Angeles’ premier photo fair, Photo LA. As a FOCUS Photo Award Finalist, I’ll be making fancy with photography lovers at the VIP benefit before rushing back to unlock the doors for Chungking Studio’s Focal Planes exhibition. We had an epic soft opening this weekend, but our official reception happens in conjunction with the LA Art Show’s Littletopia after-party on Chung King Road, 8:30-11pm. All the block’s galleries will be open, with a guest DJ set by Flavor Flav. Yeah Boyeeeeeee!

 

     Focal Planes – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – 2017Focal Planes – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – 2017Curated by Osceola Refetoff

Photographic Works by Cristopher Cichocki, Jay Mark Johnson & Osceola Refetoff -
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       Focal Planes – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – 2017Focal Planes – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – 2017Curated by Osceola Refetoff

Photographic Works by Cristopher Cichocki, Jay Mark Johnson & Osceola Refetoff -
LINK TO EXHIBITION INFO

Focal Planes  – Chungking Studio – Jan 7 - Feb 11

 

The shutterbuggery continues with the CONVERGE | Month of Photography LA-curated Group Show at Space 15 Twenty, opening January 19, 7-9pm, and on view in Hollywood for one week only (thru January 26). All of which makes this the perfect month to find a gorgeous interview in Artillery Magazine by writer and scholar Betty Ann Brown.

 

Artillery – A Room with a View: Osceola Refetoff's Fresh Eyes on the Desert – Jan-Feb 2017Artillery – A Room with a View: Osceola Refetoff's Fresh Eyes on the Desert – Jan-Feb 2017by Betty Ann Brown – LINK TO ARTICLE

Artillery Magazine – Jan-Feb 2017

 

Chungking Studio’s 2016 Photo of the Year, “It’s a Mess Without You,” not only enlivens the Artillery spread, but is also the name of my fast-approaching solo exhibit at Porch Gallery - Ojai. The show opens Saturday, February 18, 5-7pm, with a next-day porch-hang Sunday, February 19, 10am-2pm. Accommodations in town that weekend are tight, so if you want to stay the night, please plan soon! (You can hit up the gallery for local intel.) #seeyouontheporch


Desert TV – Cinco, California – 2011Desert TV – Cinco, California – 2011First printed: 2015

Desert TV – Cinco, CA – 2011


Finally, with the emotional minefield that is the news these days, maybe it’s time to unplug the TV and stare at some new art! Our Photo of the Month is available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17 x 22”) limited edition prints through January 31.

 

WISHING YOU AN ARTFUL NEW YEAR!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix aerial photography armchair in the sky art exhibit art opening artillery magazine betty ann brown chinatown LA chungking studio color photography cristopher cichocki focus photo la jay mark johnson los angeles CA month of photography los angeles mopla Osceola Refetoff photo award photo la photography exhibition porch gallery ojai solo show usa www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2017/1/making-the-scene-in-2017 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:43:34 GMT
CHUNGKING STUDIO'S "PHOTO OF THE YEAR" https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/12/photo-of-the-year  

CHUNGKING STUDIO’S “PHOTO OF THE YEAR”

 

December is upon us and it’s busier than Santa’s workshop here preparing prints for my hotly anticipated show It’s a Mess Without You, opening February 18 at Porch Gallery - Ojai. The solo exhibit will feature new work from my Desert Windows series, as well as the eponymous image that seems to have captured everyone’s imagination.

 

It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco California – 2011"It's a Mess Without You!" – Cinco, California – 2011First printed: 2014

I had been photographing the abandoned trailers at this site for three years before capturing this image. The same room appears in an earlier photograph Desert Kitchen - Cinco, California - 2010, before the sink was pried out and some unknown person was moved to add this memorable inscription to the scene.

"It's a Mess Without You!" - Cinco, CA - 2011


The photo is currently on exhibit at The Main Museum. If you haven’t checked out Downtown LA’s newest cultural nexus, the inaugural art installation runs through December 18, highlighting work from the legendary neighborhood’s creative denizens.

It’s a Mess Without You! will also be on view at Photo LA (January 12-15) as one of 20 finalists for the FOCUS Award. Wish me luck! And speaking of Photo LA, starting this year they’ve aligned with Month of Photography LA to create CONVERGE. In the spirit of all that, I also have work in the MOPLA-curated group show happening at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood January 19-30.

Finally, since UPS trucks are our modern-day sleighs, I’ve selected a semi as December’s Photo of the Month:

 

Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015Passing the Truck with Lights All Around – Morongo Valley, California – 2015First printed: 2016

Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015


This festive image from my Flirting with Disaster series is available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17x22”) limited edition prints through December 31. Please contact us for details.

 

Happy holidays. And see you on the Porch!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix art opening desert window finalist focus photo la it's a mess without you month of photography los angeles mopla Osceola Refetoff photo award photo la photography exhibition porch gallery porch gallery ojai solo show space 15 twenty the main museum www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/12/photo-of-the-year Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:30:56 GMT
WINDOWS AND GUNS AND FAIRS, OH MY! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/9/windows-and-guns-and-fairs-oh-my  

WINDOWS AND GUNS AND FAIRS, OH MY!

 

Brace yourselves art lovers! Before we all get swept up in the tide of a shiny new art season, I'd like to share some highlights from my dry hot American summer. I'm happy to have finally exhibited my series Armchair in the Sky, first on the east side at Art Share LA, then on the west, in a 3-person show at FAB Gallery with Sabine Gebser and Tori White, curated by Delia Cabral.


I’ve been working on this project for over 20 years, but never considered how it connects to my Desert Windows and Flirting with Disaster series, all three examining the world through different windows – airplanes, buildings, and automobiles. The incomparable Betty Ann Brown explores these matters in a remarkable piece of writing published last week in the Coagula Art Journal. I do hope you’ll take a moment to read it:
 


Coagula Art Journal – Windows and Lenses: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff by Betty Brown – Fall 2016Coagula Art Journal – Windows and Lenses: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff – Fall 2016by Betty Brown – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo: Hope Lutheran Church – Mojave, California – 2013

Feature Story – Coagula Art Journal – Fall 2016
 


Speaking of the Ms. Brown, she's co-curating GUNS at The Loft at Liz’s, opening Saturday, Sept 24, 7-10pm. The exhibition, featuring the work of many talented artists, is intended to advance the cultural dialog on this all-too-relevant and timely issue. One of the images I created for the show is a bit um… cheeky, and quite a departure from anything of mine you may have seen to date.

 

The Loft at Liz's – Guns: An Exhibition – Los Angeles, California – Sep-Nov 2016The Loft at Liz's – Guns: An Exhibition – Los Angeles, California – Sep-Nov 2016Curated by Betty Ann Brown, Liz Gordon & Dr. Anita Storm

GUNS: An Exhibition at The Loft at Liz's – Sept 24-Oct 28 
 

I also currently have six images in The Art Classic: OASIS at the Millard Sheets Art Center in the Pomona Fairplex through Sept 25. The exhibition coincides with the LA County Fair, which draws over 3 million visitors. Last year, the vintage entrance turnstiles counted some 65,000 guests seeking out the artwork from amongst all the other attractions.
 

Finally, for my loyal collectors, and in deference to all the faithful willing to forego deep fried Twinkies in favor of art, I've drawn this Photo of the Month from Ms. Brown’s article:

 

St. Madeleine Catholic Church - Infrared Exposure - Trona, California - 2010PRAYER CHANGES THINGSAn unmistakable strengthening of faith exists amongst populations suffering economic and environmental hardship. The wide spectrum of vernacular religious expressions often creates a surreal dissonance with the desert landscapes they punctuate.

St. Madeleine Catholic Church – Trona, California – 2010
Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2014

Presenting a stark, Brutalist exterior, the Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Roman Catholic Church was completed in 1958. Perhaps the height of Cold War contributed to the creation of such an imposing structure, though a central stained glass feature, not visible from the outside, brings unexpected warmth and luminosity to the interior. The California desert offers a tough environment for any being, so the church may indeed be well suited to Trona, a struggling 100-plus-year-old mining town on the southern border of Death Valley.

Arid: Journal of the Desert –
Prayer Changes Things: Desert Faith in Trona, CA 2015

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Photo of the Month:  St Madeleine Catholic Church - Trona, CA - 2010
 


The image is available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x30") or medium-size (17x22”) limited edition prints through Sept 30. Please contact us for details.



Wishing you all a happy (and artful) September!
 

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WINDOWS AND LENSES: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/9/windows-and-lenses WINDOWS AND LENSES: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff
By Betty Ann Brown

(a reproduction of the article follows below)

 

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

~Elliott Erwitt     

 

Coagula Art Journal – Windows and Lenses: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff by Betty Brown – Fall 2016Coagula Art Journal – Windows and Lenses: The Photography of Osceola Refetoff – Fall 2016by Betty Brown – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo: Hope Lutheran Church – Mojave, California – 2013

Coagula Art Journal – Fall 2016 – THIS WEB PAGE IS A REPRODUCTION OF THE STORY


A desert horizon shimmers below a cerulean sky.

The rotting innards of an abandoned building are seen through broken window above a dirty kitchen sink.

Blue mountains hover over a dusty desert garden.

Silvery creosote limbs punctuate a skyline that is glimpsed through a cracked turquoise wall (below).

Osceola Refetoff photographs the traces we humans leave on the surface of the planet. He captures remnants of our fleeting existence: the buildings, farms, gardens, and roadways that mark our passages through history. Originally trained as a filmmaker (he earned an MFA from NYU's prestigious Film School), Refetoff is very aware that the mythic narratives of cinema dominate many of our cultural perceptions. But instead of creating images that unfold over time (as film does), this artist has chosen to isolate pictorial moments that insist on quiet contemplation and reward viewers with the potential for shifted perception.
 

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010First printed: 2014

Three miles north of Coso Junction off California Highway 395, Dunmovin served as a rest station for mule trains carrying silver ingots from the Cerro Gordo mines to Los Angeles in the late 1800s. Over the years, the town had a post office, service station, store, cafe, and tourist accommodations, but when I captured this image from an abandoned cabin, the businesses were all closed, and NO TRESPASSING signs were posted along the perimeter.

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, CA – 2010
 

Refetoff's photographs are often shot through windows, from the windows of long abandoned homes in the Mojave Desert or the windshield on his car as he drives the ubiquitous freeways of California or the tiny windows that punctuate the metal bodies of immense aircraft. With a nod to the Modernist prerogative of flattened space contained within concentric grids, he allows the photographed window to function as one structural device, with the edge of the photograph as another, and the wooden frame of the artwork as a third.

Indeed, Refetoff's photographs conflate two aesthetic paradigms. One is Modernism's abstracted model of artwork as rectangle or grid. The other is realistic, based on the Renaissance concept of artwork as a window into an ideal world that functions with the same physical laws as ours. The conflicts between the flattened abstraction of Modernist screen and the implied spatial depth of Renaissance realist imagery create rich, visual tensions that activate the otherwise mute surfaces of the photographs. Shuttling between two ways of "seeing" the image, we are propelled into multiple interpretive responses: Should we read this as a formal exercise in rectilinear geometry? Or is content the priority: Is it "straight" documentary photography? As Armenian author Michael Arlen (Dikron Kouyoumdijan) reminds us, "One of the most visible lessons taught by the twentieth century has been the existence, not so much of a number of different realities, but of a number of different lenses with which to see the same reality." Coming to artistic maturity in the late twentieth century, Refetoff reifies the resonant nature of multiple lenses in his single-lens work.

 

Landing – BUR to SJC (Burbank to San Jose) – 2014Landing (BUR to SJC) 2014First printed: 2016

The colorful ponds outside San Jose International Airport are remnants of the salt extraction industry in San Francisco Bay. The orange band of water indicates the presence of halophiles, microorganisms that grow in highly saline conditions (
Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria - Salton Sea, California is another example of this phenomenon). To me, the image has the feel of a traditional landscape painting, recalling The Oxbow by Thomas Cole (1836).

Landing – BUR to SJC (Burbank to San Jose) – 2014

 

There are several series that interrogate the window/lens allusions in Refetoff's oeuvre. The first, Desert Windows contains images seen through the often broken and always severely distressed windows of homes abandoned in the California desert. The austere landscapes of steaming sand, stones, and cacti are transformed by the distancing affect of their dehiscent windows into elegant biomorphic patterns. A second series, Flirting with Disaster, is comprised of photographs taken out car windows as the artist races along California highways. Blacktopped lanes unfold into an uncertain future crowned by the lace of white clouds. A third series, Armchair in the Sky, is taken out of airplane windows. In each case, the tip of an airplane wing cuts into the distant view of mountains and valleys and cityscapes, like a knife slicing the air that hangs near the surface of the planet.

Refetoff also photographs the architecture that punctuates desert horizons. In every case, there is a heightened sense of the layers of space as well as the way photography flattens and abstracts that space. Consider two examples from the artist's Dust to Dust series. One is a pristine white church with a small wooden cross at the point of its steeply pitched roof (below). It is a black and white photograph with one wall of the church bleached white by the harsh sun, the other fading into gray shadow. The two rectangles are turned into sloping quadrilaterals by the receding illusion of perspective. Behind the church is a deep black sky. White-gray-black: the photograph is a study in subtle tonal variation as it moves across minimal form.

 

St. Madeleine Catholic Church - Infrared Exposure - Trona, California - 2010PRAYER CHANGES THINGSAn unmistakable strengthening of faith exists amongst populations suffering economic and environmental hardship. The wide spectrum of vernacular religious expressions often creates a surreal dissonance with the desert landscapes they punctuate.

St. Madeleine Catholic Church – Trona, California – 2010
Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2014

Presenting a stark, Brutalist exterior, the Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Roman Catholic Church was completed in 1958. Perhaps the height of Cold War contributed to the creation of such an imposing structure, though a central stained glass feature, not visible from the outside, brings unexpected warmth and luminosity to the interior. The California desert offers a tough environment for any being, so the church may indeed be well suited to Trona, a struggling 100-plus-year-old mining town on the southern border of Death Valley.

Arid: Journal of the Desert –
Prayer Changes Things: Desert Faith in Trona, CA 2015

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St. Madeleine Catholic Church – Infrared Exposure – Trona, CA – 2010

 

A second church, from the same series, eschews diagonals in favor of a clear, flat rectangle parallel to the picture plane. A door and a large window pierce the pale facade. A tall wooden cross totters above the roofline, reaching heavenward like a diagram of existence, with the vertical line pointing heavenly, the horizontal remaining earth-bound. Particularly this second church recalls the Depression era photographs of Walker Evans, done for the Farm Security Administration.

Further, Refetoff photographs people. There is a familiarity and ease in his portraits that make viewers imagine that the artist has become a sincere friend of the subjects of his photographs. Tattoo-covered friends wrap their arms around each other and smile gently at the camera. Chinese children perform their face-painted and costumed characters. A little girl in a too-big cowboy hat holds her brown dog like an over-large baby doll. Two young women lean over a fence in Equatorial Guinea: One has bright red hair; the other glances knowingly at her friend, a sly grin on her happy face (below). Three hippie dudes leap into the air in Moro Bay. One has a walking stick, the other (presumably the youngest) twists a skateboard. All of them wear jeans and jackets and funky hats.

 

Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011First printed: 2015

Shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea, considered one of Africa's most notorious pariah states.

Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011

 

In each case, we learn something about the human condition. Refetoff erects [photographic] screens for our viewing. He makes sure there is just the right balance between the comfortable to seduce us, and the unknown to fascinate and perhaps change us. As with all good artists, Refetoff pleases us aesthetically even as he challenges us conceptually.

American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us that, "Other men are lenses though which we read our own minds." Osceola Refetoff's photographs embody multiple lenses for us to "read our own minds" in multiple ways.

 

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Betty Ann Brown is an art historian, critic, and curator. She has curated major exhibitions, including retrospectives for Hans Burkhardt, Roland Reiss, Susan Feldman, Linda Vallejo, June Wayne, and John White; and themed exhibitions addressing alternative families, gun violence, and environmental issues (Osceola's work will appear in GUNS at the The Loft at Liz's in Los Angeles, Sept 24-Oct 28th, 2016). Her books include Expanding Circles: Women, Art & Community (1996); Gradiva’s Mirror: Reflections on Women, Surrealism & Art History (2002); the online textbook Art & Mass Media (2005); Hero, Madman, Criminal, Victim: The Artist in Film & Fiction (2009); and Afternoons with June: Stories of June Wayne’s Art & Life (2012).

 

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READY FOR TAKE OFF https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/7/ready-for-take-off Summer is upon us, and with it comes thoughts of vacation destinations both near and far. In the spirit of the season, Art Share L.A. is presenting Flight Patterns, a tour de force show that includes my friends Dani Dodge, Danielle Eubank, Daniel Leighton, Marianne Magne, Susan Melly, and many other talented artists – opening Sat, July 9th, 7-10pm (thru 7/23).

I'll be debuting work from a never-exhibited series, Armchair in the Sky, a twenty-year work-in-progress shot through the windows of commercial airliners. With exhibitions like this, it’s no wonder TimeOut just named Art Share to their 10 “Best Art Galleries in Los Angeles.”

 

In Transit - FTE to BRC (El Calafate to Bariloche - Patagonia, Argentina) - 2006
In Transit - El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche (Patagonia) Argentina


I’m also very pleased to announce my new listing on Saatchi Art. One thing I love about the site is that they encourage artists to write a short paragraph about each artwork for sale. I think you’ll find the stories interesting and entertaining, and the innovative platform is definitely worth a look. I’ll be uploading an image or two each week, beginning with my Desert Windows series. Of course, my work is also for sale here on my website.


Takeoff - Chicago O'Hare to LAX - 2010Takeoff - ORD to LAX (Chicago O'Hare) - 2010
Takeoff - ORD to LAX (Chicago O'Hare)


Finally, a new section for my newsletter: Photo of the Month. With each new mailing, I’ll select an image that's available for purchase at 20% off the list price in either the large (24x36) or medium-size (17x22”) limited editions prints – starting with this classic image:


Desert Vista – Cinco, California – 2009IT'S A MESS WITHOUT YOUA deep melancholy permeates all forsaken structures. These single-exposure compositions invite the viewer to stand in the footsteps of former residents and reflect on the circumstances that led them to abandon their homes. Here in the desert, the real tragedy of fleeting dreams, loss, absence, and obsolescence is starkly contrasted against a stoically majestic terrain.

Desert Vista – Cinco, California – 2009
First printed: 2011

PRINT EDITIONS, SIZES & PRICING

Photo of the Month:  Desert Vista - Cinco, CA - 2009


This pricing is only available directly through Chungking Studio. So if you're on board, don’t delay. For while summer lasts well into September, this offer is good through July 31st or, as they say, “while supplies last.”

 

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HIGH & DRY SHOWERED WITH AWARDS AT OWAC (AGAIN) https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/6/high-dry-showered-with-awards-at-owac HIGH & DRYHIGH & DRY


“Best Outdoor Media Award"
“Best Outdoor Feature Photograph”
“Best Nature Photograph”
Editor’s Choice: “Best Overall Photograph”
“Best Outdoor Magazine Feature”

 


Los Angeles, CA (June 1, 2016) – The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) annual Craft Awards competition honored High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain with the “Best Outdoor Media Award” at their spring conference in Auburn, CA.

Considered one of OWAC’s most prestigious awards, “Best Outdoor Media” is the highest award encompassing any medium: print, online, or broadcast. It went this year to High & Dry collaborators Christopher Langley and Osceola Refetoff.

Osceola also received the First Place Award for “Best Outdoor Feature Photograph” for "Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, CA.” The image has appeared in the various media outlets, including KCET’s Artbound, The Huffington Post, Reuters, and Compass magazine.

 

Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014First printed: 2015

California’s largest lake was formed by accident in 1905, when the Colorado River Aqueduct broke free from irrigation canals and surged for two years into a low desert basin. Today, the lake is drying up. The distinctive red species of archaea forms only in highly salt-rich environments, like the increasingly toxic Salton Sea.

Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Feature Photograph – 2016
KCET's Artbound –
The Salton Sea: A Distillation of the West’s Problems in Search of Solutions – 2016

Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, CA

 

Refetoff was also honored for “Donner Pass from Abandoned Train Sheds – Norden, CA.” The image received the First Place Award for “Best Nature Photograph” and the grand prize “Editors’ Choice” for “Best Overall Photograph.” This is the second year in a row that he received these three top awards.

In addition, Langley was honored in the category “Best Outdoor Magazine Feature” for his article Framing the Desert which appeared in the University of California publication, Boom: A Journal of California.

During the Auburn conference, OWAC members were treated to Placer County’s wealth of phenomenal scenery and outstanding outdoor activities. Langley and Refetoff stayed at the newly restored Miner’s Camp in Foresthill, CA. Twenty minutes from Auburn, the ten rustic cabins provide an authentic Gold Country experience, but with wifi and creature comforts beyond the dreams of your average 49er.

 

Miner's Camp – Wendy Whitley Lowery: Designer — Foresthill, California – 2016Miner's Camp – Wendy Whitley Lowery: Designer — Foresthill, California – 2016

Miner's Camp Sign – Foresthill, California – 2016Miner's Camp Sign – Foresthill, California – 2016 Miner's Camp Cabin – Foresthill, California – 2016Miner's Camp Cabin – Foresthill, California – 2016
Miner's Camp Sign, Exterior & Interior with Project Designer Wendy Lowery
Photos: Osceola Refetoff – 2016

 

The duo also explored the infamous Donner Pass, enjoying a pleasant vegetarian lunch without incident. It is there, during a hike through abandoned railroad Tunnel 6, that Osceola captured the “Shirley Miller Memorial Photo Contest” grand prize winner, for which images must be made during a single day of conference activities.

The team returned freshly obsessed with the history of the area, their hunger for knowledge sated in part by outdoor sport legend Norm Sayler, president of the must-see Donner Summit Historical Society museum. Norm's “why not? (just don't hurt yourself)” attitude facilitated the evolution of snowboarding, snowmobiling, and mountain biking into the extreme sports we know them as today. A High & Dry dispatch will follow, no doubt.

 

Donner Pass from Abandoned Train Sheds - Infrared Exposure - Norden, CA - 2016Donner Pass from Abandoned Train – Infrared Exposure – Norden, California – 20162016 Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) Award Winner:
– Best Nature Photograph
– Editors' Choice (Grand Prize) Best Overall Photograph

Donner Pass from Abandoned Train Sheds – Infrared Exposure – Norden, CA

 

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HOT SENSORS, INVISIBLE LIGHT, AND THE OPEN DESERT https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/5/hot-sensors-invisible-light-and-the-open-desert  

First, I'm beyond pleased to announce a solo show in February 2017 at the Porch Gallery Ojai. Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni have created a special community up there, and I'm delighted to work with them.

 

Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016First printed: 2017

KCET Artbound –
Burned Palm Trees and Miracles: The Great Fire of Thermal, CA - August 2016

Window View of Fruitland Fire Remains - Dawn - Thermal, CA - 2016

 

I'm also developing a High & Dry installation at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA with my collaborator Christopher Langley for April 2018. The program also features the fearless multimedia artist Cristopher Cichocki and iconic Lita Albuquerque.

Speaking  of MOAH, and of Cris Cichocki, this weekend I'll be racing across the desert from a high tea preview of the exceptional new shows in Lancaster (fancy!) to the Palm Springs Art Museum for Saturday's Open Desert multimedia extravaganza curated by Cichocki and featuring my photography, along with many other talented artists. #mividaloca

 

Cement Truck on Highway 395 South of Bishop, California – 2016Cement Truck on Highway 395 South of Bishop, California – 2016Infrared Exposure

Cement Truck on Highway 395 South of Bishop, CA - Infrared Exposure - 2016

 

Along the way, I'll be exploring the wonders of "invisible" light. I just got my hands on a "hot sensor" rig that not only sees the visual spectrum, but deep into the infrareds and ultraviolets. It's hard to communicate my genuine excitement about the new direction my photographic practice is taking. I should note that this particular device is "available to US military and law-enforcement agencies only."

What could possibly go wrong?

 

Boarded-Up Farmhouse – Bishop, California – 2016Boarded-Up Farmhouse – Bishop, California – 2016Color Infrared Exposure

KCET Artbound – The Silos of Inyo County: Tombstones of the Ghost FarmsJuly 2017

Boarded-Up Farmhouse - Infrared Exposure - Bishop, CA - 2016

 

Finally, I'm experimenting with looping my photo adventures into mini clips and distributing them on Vine with the eventual plan to assemble them into a longer form, wide-format, Ultra HD movie. Take that, NYU Grad Film! But not to worry, you old school "squares," OSPIX is still on Instagram as well. ;)

 

 

Freight Train Passing Under Highway Overpass - Mojave, CA  #myfirstvine

 

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APRIL IS THE COOLEST MONTH https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/4/april-is-the-coolest  

Hot off the press, the Whole Life Times' feature story High & Dry: L.A.'s Tug-of-War with its Neighbors (beautifully written by Genie Davis) explores the city's historic relationship to the surrounding desert and the challenges we face in an era of increased water scarcity.

 

Whole Life Times - April/May 2016Whole Life Times – High and Dry: L.A.'s Tug of War with its Neighbors – Apr-May 2016by Genie Davis – LINK TO ARTICLE
photos by Osceola Refetoff

by Genie Davis, photos by Osceola Refetoff

 

Meanwhile, High & Dry's adventures on KCET's Artbound continue with Lancaster, California: From Alfalfa to 'Net Zero' City. Stay tuned! High & Dry is the featured project all week, with a brand new Dispatch rolling out each day.

We invite you to visit ChristopherLangley.org, a shiny new showcase for Chris' books, news, and upcoming events. Discover what lies behind the "shadowy" moniker he's chosen for his publication outfit.

 

20 Mile Shadow20 Mile Shadow

 

Osceola's photography can be seen through this Saturday at Muzeumm. The intriguing, must see, exhibition Abstract Never Is closes April 9th, 1-6pm, with a panel discussion from 3-5pm that includes art luminary Peter Frank.

 

Walk – Downtown Los Angeles, California – 2010Walk – Downtown Los Angeles, California – 2010Kinematic™ Pinhole Exposure
Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2015

"Walk" - Downtown Los Angeles - 2015 - at Muzeumm thru April 9th

 

Be a part of history! Check out our new Sponsorship Page to find out more. And a big, high desert thanks to our newest contributors from the Lone Pine, California community where it all began.

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix art opening california high desert christopher langley color photography desert landscape photography domestic editorial feature story genie davis high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain kcet artbound mojave desert Osceola Refetoff peter frank photography exhibition press published whole life times www.desertdispatches.com www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/4/april-is-the-coolest Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:00:00 GMT
2016 IS ALREADY EPIC! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/1/2016-is-already-epic This week brings Photo LA, Jan 21-24, with work in the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art’s Abstract Never Is (Booth 607), and the LGBTQ exhibit Round Hole, Square Peg 2 (Booth 121). I’m especially excited to take part in the panel "Artists Take Issue: Photography and the Aesthetics of Activism" Friday, Jan 22, 5:30pm, with photographers Zoe Crosher, Austin Young, and Jay Mark Johnson, moderated by Shana Nys Dambrot.
 

Woman in Doorway – Los Angeles, California – 2010Woman in Doorway – Los Angeles, California – 2010Pinhole – First printed: 2011

Woman in Doorway (Aja) - Union Station - LA - 2010 - at Photo LA #607

 

Nextly, Curate This at The Gabba Gallery opening Feb 6 (thru 28), followed by a mysterious and as yet unnamed show, curated by Peter Frank at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Feb 11-14. In this madcap art world, it’s curate or be curated!

Meanwhile, back at Chungking Studio, an intriguing pairing of Paintings by Scott A. Trimble and Photography by yours truly, Curated with Shana Nys Dambrot thru Jan 29. Come by Thursday Jan 28, 8-11pm, when Chung King Road hosts a fabulous LA Art Show / Littletopia after party honoring pop surrealist Robert Williams.


Painting by Scott A. Trimble and Photography by Osceola Refetoff, Curated with Shana Nys Dambrot – Chungking Studio – January 2016Painting by Scott A. Trimble and Photography by Osceola Refetoff, Curated with Shana Nys Dambrot – Chungking Studio – January 2016Left: Scott A Trimble - We always relished the nod of the greetsman - 2015
Right: Osceola Refetoff - Twin Pinnacles - 32 Sec Moonlight Exposure - Trona, CA - 2011

Scott A Trimble - We always relished the nod of the greetsman - 2015
Osceola Refetoff - Twin Pinnacles - 32 Sec Moonlight Exp - Trona, CA - 2011

 

Nothing against 2015 – a banner year capped off by High & Dry's Artbound Best of 2015 Art + Environment honor – but its all about the future which is now.

 

Ciao 2015, it was nice to know ya. And an epic 2016 to all!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix abstract never is art opening artists take issue: photography and the aesthetics of activism award winner best of 2015 art + environment curate this desert landscape photography gabba gallery high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain kcet artbound la art show Osceola Refetoff peter frank photo LA photography exhibition round hole square peg 2 scott a trimble shana nys dambrot www.desertdispatches.com www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2016/1/2016-is-already-epic Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:59:24 GMT
100 DEGREES IN OCTOBER https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/10/100-degrees-in-october  

 

100 DEGREES IN OCTOBER

 

It's been a long, hot, busy season. Having survived the blood supermoon eclipse, I'm looking forward to getting back to some more desert field work.

 

Compass Magazine - Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They AreCompass Magazine – Cover Story – Summer 2015Cover story by Shana Nys Dambrot – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo: Dead Tree, Nests & Thermal Plants – Salton Sea, California – 2014
Compass Magazine - Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They AreCompass Magazine – "Martini Shot" – Summer 2015Photo: Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014

 

Just in time for Halloween, COMPASS MAGAZINE spotlights two haunting photographs of the Salton Sea on their cover and the last page "Martini Shot" (movie production lingo for final shot of the day). Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They Are explores how my concurrent careers as a location scout and fine art photographer inform the way I translate the world into images that efficiently communicate a story of place.

 

Boom: a Journal of California - Framing the Desert - Summer 2015Boom: a Journal of California – Framing the Desert – Summer 2015by Christopher Langley, photos by Osceola Refetoff – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo: Desert Kitchen – Cinco, California – 2010

 

Framing the Desert is featured in the current Boom: A Journal of California. LA Times book critic David L. Ulin says, "Boom is a long overdue addition to the conversation regarding the state and its cultural life." In the article, my High & Dry collaborator, Christopher Langley, explores how the "window" functions in my photography as not only a literal/architectural, but also as an optical/aesthetic and narrative/symbolic structure in framing the story of our desert landscapes.

 

Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea – 2011First printed: 2015

Shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea, considered one of Africa's most notorious pariah states.
Julie & Mita - Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea

 

Saturday, October 3, Fashionistas Fight Back! opens at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art with this image shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea. One of the world's most notorious pariah states, few images of the country are seen in the West, especially a candid image like this one, on exhibit for the first time in the U.S.

 

 

The Cloud that Followed Me Home – Garlock, California – 2011The Cloud that Followed Me Home – Garlock, California – 2011First printed: 2015

The Cloud that Followed Me Home - Garlock, CA - 2011

 

Then Saturday, October 10, my SOLO SHOW Chasing Pavement opens at the Inglewood Public Library in conjunction with their 75th Anniversary Art Day Celebration of Helen Lundeberg's epic WPA mural The History of Transportation. Festivities kick off at 1pm, ending with a free jazz concert on the front lawn at 3:45pm. The exhibition is on view October 3 – November 2.

 

So stay cool. There's plenty more good stuff coming up this fall...

 

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TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/8/too-cool-for-school
 
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL


Friends, collectors, seekers of thrills. It's scorching out there, and I sense unrest in the air. With the spirit of summer in mind, I've agreed to participate in some rather outlandish affairs.

First: the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art & Gypsy Trails Gallery’s 2015 Museum Tour is crashing the party at the Torrance Art Museum with a SOLO SHOW of my work – one day only – Saturday, August 29. It all sounds pretty brazen, but Museum Director Max Presneill has graciously acceded to our outlaw affront – um "out front" – addition to the museum's Studio System experimental residency. The exhibition has ensconced eleven prominent artists within the museum walls, producing new work during a month-long, onsite interaction with the public. The Gypsy Trailer will be on hand 4-10pm for the closing night festivities.

 

Lone Trailer Home – Sunrise – Cinco, California – 2010Lone Trailer Home – Sunrise – Cinco, California – 2010First printed: 2015

I visited this abandoned alfalfa farm countless times over several years, capturing many images for my portfolio It's a Mess Without You. On this occasion, I camped out amongst the debris to be at the remote location at daybreak. The battered trailer homes have since been cleared away to make way for an industrial-scale solar installation.

Lone Trailer Home - Sunrise - Cinco, CA - 2010

 

Next: Ode to the 6th Street Bridge - a group show commemorating the demise of my favorite LA landmark. Celebrate our city's cultural amnesia at Art Share LA Friday, Sept 11, 8-11pm (thru Sept 19).

The Following Night: WATERWORKS II opens Saturday, Sept 12 (thru Oct 1) at The Art Gallery at Glendale Community College. I have four photos in the new, “back to school” edition of this spring's smash hit from Ojai, and a seat on the panel discussion (2-3pm, preceding the 3-5pm reception). While the discourse was "civilized" at Ojai's Porch Gallery; in Glendale, water, like most things, is always contentious. #fisticuffs

 

Sixth Street Viaduct – Los Angeles, California – 2011Sixth Street Viaduct – Los Angeles, California – 2011Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2011

Sixth Street Viaduct - Pinhole Exposure - Los Angeles, CA - 2011

 
Finally: High & Dry is interrupting our regularly scheduled Trona to publish a piece for our Burner friends returning from Black Rock City. We’re also featured on KCET’s Artbound this week; our story, View From a Hole, explores man’s curious obsession with the sight lines from beyond.
 
 
Pioneer Cemetery - Lone Pine, CA - 2013Pioneer Cemetery – Lone Pine, California – 2013Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018
Rafael Diaz Grave - Pioneer Cemetery - Infrared Exposure - Lone Pine, CA - 2013
 
 
So summer up, my friends! Rouse some rabble before it's too late. For those still hankering for the salacious and absurd, Perform Chinatown happens directly outside Chungking Studio. The event is typically "organized" by known reprobates and will surely cause both amusement and consternation in equal parts. You may seek cover at my studio should things yet again veer off track. Like summer itself, this strange feast is best enjoyed by the adventurous.

 
What Happens in Chinatown... Painter Alex Schaefer – Perform Chinatown – Angeles, California – 2012What Happens in Chinatown... Painter Alex Schaefer – Perform Chinatown – Angeles, California – 2012
"What Happens in Chinatown..." - Perform Chinatown 2012
 
 

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HIGH & DRY RECEIVES MULTIPLE OWAC AWARDS https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/7/high-dry-receives-owac-awards HIGH & DRYHIGH & DRY

"Best Outdoor Media Website"
"Best Outdoor Feature Photograph"

"Best Nature Photograph"
"Best Overall Photograph"

 

Los Angeles, Calif. (June 23, 2015) - The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) honored High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain this week at their spring conference in Big Bear Lake in the "Best Outdoor Media Website" category of their annual Craft Awards competition.

In addition, High & Dry's work was honored with the First Place award for "Best Outdoor Feature Photograph" going to "Call of the Wild," by Osceola Refetoff. The photo appeared in the October 2014 Palm Springs Life Magazine, accompanying an article written by Christopher Langley. This follows last year's win at the 2014 OWAC conference, when Refetoff received the "Best Feature Photo Series" award for One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a High & Dry collaboration with Langley on KCET's Artbound.

Refetoff was also honored for "Big Bear Lake Vista from Pacific Crest Trail" in the "Shirley Miller Memorial Photo Contest" (a one-day, on-site challenge). The photo took First Place "Best Nature Photograph" and the "Judges' Choice" Grand Prize for "Best Overall Photograph." He had previously won in these categories at the 2011 OWAC conference.

The website, desertdispatches.com, is an on-going collaboration between writer/historian Christopher Langley and photographer Osceola Refetoff, exploring the California deserts and the people who live there.

 

Call of the Wild - Palm Springs Life Magazine - October 2014Call of the Wild - Palm Springs Life Magazine - October 2014Call of the Wild - Palm Springs Life Magazine - October 2014

Dead Tree, Nests & Thermal Plants - Red Hill Marina (Salton Sea), CA - 2014
2015 OWAC 1st Place Award: Best Outdoor Feature Photo: Osceola Refetoff/High & Dry

 

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The project investigates the issues facing the California desert, and how economic and environmental challenges affect residents and visitors of the desert today. Deserts have traditionally been viewed as a wasteland for mining, military exercises, and waste disposal, and are now attracting interest from energy corporations in search of "renewable" resources. High & Dry strives to create compelling stories that draw attention to the value of these arid lands, their communities, and their history. The website and its "dispatch" format are designed to be visually appealing and accessible to a diverse audience, in a busy world fragmented by social and political divisions.

Beginning in February of 2014, Langley and Refetoff's observations have been collected in the form of integrated essays and images and disseminated via the website desertdispatches.com. The content is re-syndicated through a variety of online and printed media, including a regular feature on KCET's Artbound, The Inyo Register, The Sun Runner; as well as social media, gallery exhibits, panel discussions, and other venues.

Some of the topics that Langley and Refetoff have investigated are a three-part series on the Salton Sea, dispatches on Trona, a struggling mining town on the southern edge of Death Valley, and pieces evaluating the merit of industrial-sized, Mojave-based, green energy projects.

 

Big Bear Lake Vista from Pacific Crest Trail ­– Infrared Exposure – 2015Big Bear Lake Vista from Pacific Crest Trail ­– Infrared Exposure – 20152015 Outdoor Writers of Assoc of California (OWAC) Award WInner: Best Nature Photograph, Best Overall Photograph

Big Bear Lake Vista from Pacific Crest Trail - Infrared Exposure - 2015

 

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Osceola Refetoff's interest is in documenting humanity's impact on the world - both the intersection of nature and industry, and the narratives of the people living at those crossroads. He holds an MFA from New York University's Graduate Film Program, where he earned the "Paulette Goddard" and "Warner Bros" Fellowships. His films have been broadcast in France (TV1), Spain (Canal+) and the United States (PBS), receiving numerous awards.

Refetoff's photography is featured in The Los Angeles Times, Hemispheres, and WhiteHot, amongst other publications. He has exhibited at Photo LA, the San Diego Art Institute, and numerous Month of Photography Los Angeles and Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 solo and group exhibitions. In addition, he operates Chungking Studio, a portrait studio, commercial production and exhibition space on historic Chung King Road in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

Refetoff's directorial background informs his approach to photography in a variety of ways. His parallel careers as a location scout and as an editorial and fine art photographer are each characterized by an evocative, cinematic understanding of how scale, point of view, architecture, and motion can be expressed as both information about and experience of a given place. His current focus is an expansive set of portfolios surveying the human presence in the deserts of the American West. His fine art photography can be viewed at his website ospix.com.

 

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills Outside Lone Pine, California – 2013First printed: 2016

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour leg of Metabolic Studio's 100-mule, 233 mile trek to mark the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the gravity-powered feat of civil engineering deprived the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was compelled to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate toxic dust storms. Tension persists between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

Permanent Collection: Lone Pine Film History Museum – Lone Pine, California
Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Outdoor Photographic Series
2014
KCET Artbound – Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules – Oct 2013

Mule Train Winds through Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013
2014 OWAC 1st Place Award - Best Outdoor Photographic Series

 

Christopher Langley, a life-long educator, has lived in and studied the Mojave Desert for over forty years. Achieving his BA in English-History at Dartmouth College, he first encountered the desert landscape teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Khash, Iran. After teaching in the isolated New Idria, CA, mining camp's public school for 3 years, he went on to teach for 29 years in Lone Pine, CA.

A History-Geography Fellow at UCLA, teaching educators during summer sessions, Langley was appointed an American Memory Fellow at the Library Congress and worked as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan. This research and practicum focused on teaching history with primary sources, the suffrage movement, and women's rights, both in the U.S. and Japan. He is currently President of the Inyo Co. Board of Education and helps run an innovative program in "entrepreneurial education" at 24 L.A. Charter High Schools.

Langley works as a film historian, and is the founder of the Museum of Western Film in Lone Pine. He is also the Inyo County Film Commissioner, where he focuses on the desert's complex relationship with cinema and the story of our lives. Some of his publications include a history of Lone Pine, CA, a cultural history of Mount Whitney, and From Jayhawkers to Jawas: a Short History of Filming in Death Valley. As the founder of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Langley's environmental advocacy won commendations, including a "National Conservation Cooperation Award" and a "Sierra Nevada Business Council 20/20 Vision Award."

 

Benny Eldridge – Argus, California – 2014Benny Eldridge – Argus, California – 2014

Benny Eldridge - Argus, CA – High & Dry Dispatch Sept 17, 2014

 

MORE ABOUT OWAC:

The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC), is an association of media professionals who communicate the vast array of outdoor recreational opportunities and related issues in California and the surrounding western region. The membership includes newspaper and magazine staffers, freelance writers, radio broadcasters, video producers, editors, photographers, lecturers and information officers.

OWAC was founded in 1986 to expand public information on outdoor recreation and conservation, provide professional craft improvement, and increase recognition of outdoor media as a specialized field. The annual Craft Awards recognize and honor the finest work in outdoor communications.

High & Dry's dispatches are available for syndication. For details and inquiries, please email the contact info(at)desertdispatches.com.

 

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LUCKY SEVEN https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/6/lucky-seven  

AND ON THE SEVENTH SHOW...

 

This Friday the OUT THERE exhibition opens at Gallery 825, and while I can't guarantee you'll get lucky, the always-exuberant affair is an LA Weekly Art Party Pick of the Week. This is the 3rd year running I have work in the open, juried show celebrating the LGBT experience in partnership with West Hollywood's Pride Month. Here's an image from last year's show:

 

Opening: Friday, June 12th, 5-9pm
825 N. La Cienega Blvd, LA 90069
ONE WEEK ONLY thru June 19th

 

Sign of Our Time – Trona, California – 2012Sign of Our Time – Trona, California – 2012First printed: 2014

I’ve stopped dozens of times to photograph this sign on the outskirts of Trona, California, a hundred-year-old mining town on the southern edge of Death Valley. Alas, the good people of Trona have since “restored” the sign, making it significantly less photogenic.

​Sign of Our Time - Trona, CA - 2010 

 
Friday is my seventh opening in two months, including BUNNYMANIA, REALITIES & CONCEPTS organized by MOPLA and the Lucie Foundation, MAGIC AND REALISM with Bill Leigh Brewer (curated by Shana Nys Dambrot), and the ANGEL CITY HERITAGE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL.
 
I currently have work on display in WATER WORKS II at Porch Gallery (where 3 of my 4 pieces sold!), and seven images - including a giant infrared photograph of migrating wildebeests - in HAUNTED LANDSCAPES at Art Share LA thru June 20th. Here's a rarely seen infrared image, not currently on my website, from the Haunted Landscapes show. The image won the 2011 Outdoor Writers Association of California Award for Best Photograph.
 
'Mt Shasta View' - Heart Lake, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA - 2011'Mt Shasta View' – Heart Lake, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California – 2011Infrared Exposure

2011 Outdoor Writers of Assoc of California (OWAC) Award Winner:
– Best Nature Photograph, Best Overall Photograph, Editors' Choice (Grand Prize)

'Mt Shasta View' - Infrared Exposure - Heart Lake, Shasta-Trinity Nat'l Forest, CA - 2011

 
Speaking of OWAC, I'm attending their Spring Conference in Big Bear next week with writer Christopher Langley, my collaborator on the High & Dry project. After all this (over?) exposure, it's time to re-focus my energy on creating new work. This summer, you can look forward to more 'Dispatches' based on our immersive field work in Trona, a 100-year-old mining community just south of Death Valley. Stay abreast of all things High & Dry by subscribing to our Dispatch Notifications via email or by liking our Facebook page.
 
Never Say Never (Katlynn & Alyssia) – Trona, California – 2014Never Say Never (Katlynn & Alyssia) – Trona, California – 2014Trona, California is a century-old mining town struggling to survive extreme economic hardship of the southern border of Death Valley.
Katlynn & Alyssia - Trona Centennial Weekend - Trona, CA - 2014.
Featured on KCET's Artbound - 
Emerald City of Salts - Aug 8, 2014
 
 
Finally, here's my interview with Ry Sangalang of makephotoart.com that covers my approach to desert landscape photography and capturing the casual surrealism of everyday life. We also discuss the mechanics of infrared exposure, interfacing with LA's supportive arts community, and the essential role traditional galleries play in the development of contemporary photography.
 
 
 
 
To everyone whose read this far! attended my exhibitions and especially to the collectors who acquired new work... Thank you!

 

 

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MAGIC AND REALISM - APRIL 18-19 https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/4/magic-and-realism  

TWO DAYS ONLY AT CHUNGKING STUDIO!

 
 
MAGIC AND REALISM, a Month of Photograph Los Angeles-Featured Event, is a two-person show with fellow photographer Bill Leigh Brewer, curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, and featuring all new, never seen work. This will be a big night in Chinatown, with art openings at all the galleries on Chung King Road. If you can only make one of my shows this year, this is one to see...
 
 
Magic and Realism: Photography by Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola RefetoffMagic and Realism: Photography by Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola RefetoffCurated by Shana Nys Dambrot
Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, CA – Apr-Jun 2015

 

 

MAGIC AND REALISM

 

Bill Leigh Brewer & Osceola Refetoff

Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot

 

A Featured MOPLA Event (Month of Photography Los Angeles)
monthofphotography.com


TWO DAYS ONLY  April 18-19  12-5pm
Opening Reception  April 18  7-10pm

Directions

MAGIC AND REALISM

Magic, truth, objectivity, reality. What differentiates photography from other visual art forms is its indelible, inescapably direct relationship to the external world. This tether is both a semiotic and technological constriction, a challenge that has given rise to a seemingly endless debate about photography’s status as a “fine art” rather than say, an “applied art” -- and is ultimately also the source of its unique, evolving appeal.


The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff -- contemporaries working independently -- explores photography’s paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The interaction between their work is particularly well suited to exploring this dynamic, because Brewer and Refetoff are uncannily drawn to many of the same specific topographies of desert and industry, yet they return with vastly different works of art.

Some of these differences result from the intentionality of how they work. Brewer could be said to work somewhat loosely, guided more by cultivated serendipity than by an agenda -- his camera functioning as an extension of an intuitive attention, his series grouped by evocative formal or narrative suggestions in a subsequent process sorting the harvest of his wanderlust. Refetoff, for his part, sets out in a nearly cinematic quest for certain specific stories he feels require telling, set against and among the details and vistas of an archetypal set of lands -- speaking directly to how humans have historically manipulated these lands throughout the mythology of the American West.

 

By considering them together, it is our hope that not only will further facets of their individual practices be highlighted, but so will certain fundamental circumstances of their shared medium’s paradoxical ability to preserve evidence of actual events while sustaining personal interpretation, in so doing reconciling documentation and invention, experience and imagination -- and, by somehow showing more than can be seen, to reconcile magic and realism.

–Shana Nys Dambrot

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SPRING EXHIBITION MANIA https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/3/spring-exhibition-mania  

SPRING EXHIBITION MANIA!

 
This weekend marks the first of five art openings in the next two months. With one exception, all these exhibitions feature all new, never before shown images. That's exciting! But it also means I kinda need to get back to the printer in a minute here, so I’ll keep it brief.
 
First, I have a piece in BUNNYMANIA, hosted by the Museum of Animals and Society, curated by Peter Frank and Delia A. Cabral. Opening at Chungking Studio March 27-29, the show is a Pick of the Week at the LA Weekly.
 
 
Rain on Windshield - North of Osdick, California - 2010Rain on Windshield – North of Osdick, California – 2010First printed: 2015

Rain comes infrequently to the Mojave Desert, but storm clouds had ​been hanging around, thick and low, for most of the afternoon. A few drops fell just as the sun made a dramatic appearance before dipping behind the distant mountains.

The droplets are transformed by the optics of an eight-blade lens diaphragm into the octagonal shapes that play across the foreground. Simple, in-camera effects are integral to my practice, illustrating the everyday magical realism embodied by the photographic medium.

KCET Artbound –
High & Dry - Water Extremes: Too Little; Too Much; Too Slow; Too Fast – July 2014

Rain on Windshield - North of Osdick, CA - 2010



As always, if it’s April, it’s Month of Photography LA. I have work in the REALITIES & CONCEPTS show opening April 9th, a submission-based exhibition curated by Meredith Marlay and organized by MOPLA and the Lucie Foundation (two great organizations that have been enormously supportive).
 
Then opening April 18th, for TWO DAYS ONLY, is MAGIC AND REALISM - a MOPLA-Featured Event, also at Chungking Studio. This two-person show with Bill Leigh Brewer is curated by much-adored art critic Shana Nys Dambrot. This will be a big night in Chinatown, with art openings at all the galleries on Chung King Road. If you can only make one of my shows, make it this one.
 

 

LA River Facing North Towards Fourth St Bridge (Purple & Gold) - Pinhole Exposure - Los Angeles, CA - 2011L.A. River Facing North Towards Fourth St Bridge – Los Angeles, California – 2011Pinhole Exposure – First printed: 2015

St. Los Angeles River Facing North Towards Fourth Street Bridge - Pinhole Exposure - 2011

 

May 9 - June 8 is WATER WORKS II, an international juried exhibition at Porch Gallery in Ojai. I’m honored to have four images selected by jurists Peter Frank, John Yau, Juri Koll, and Heather Stobo.
 
And spring keeps springing into June, with HAUNTED LANDSCAPES, another juried exhibition featuring some talented friends at Art Share LA June 6-20. There, I’ll unveil for the first time infrared images from last year’s CARBON MIGRATIONS adventure in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. I know, right? Finally!

 

Okay, my printer is calling... Mark your calendars Exhibition Maniacs.
Hope to see you out there!

 
 

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GIVING UP SLEEP FOR LENT https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/2/giving-up-sleep-for-lent  

GIVING UP SLEEP FOR LENT

 

It’s difficult to complain about being crazy-busy when everything is so good – but may I just say, 2015 is already in contention for busiest year ever!

January’s showing at Photo LA was an enlivening, inspirational, and educational whirlwind of an experience – especially with two other simultaneous exhibitions presented at separate locations by the Arts District Alliance and LA Art Show.

 

St. Madeleine Catholic Church - Infrared Exposure - Trona, California - 2010PRAYER CHANGES THINGSAn unmistakable strengthening of faith exists amongst populations suffering economic and environmental hardship. The wide spectrum of vernacular religious expressions often creates a surreal dissonance with the desert landscapes they punctuate.

St. Madeleine Catholic Church – Trona, California – 2010
Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2014

Presenting a stark, Brutalist exterior, the Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Roman Catholic Church was completed in 1958. Perhaps the height of Cold War contributed to the creation of such an imposing structure, though a central stained glass feature, not visible from the outside, brings unexpected warmth and luminosity to the interior. The California desert offers a tough environment for any being, so the church may indeed be well suited to Trona, a struggling 100-plus-year-old mining town on the southern border of Death Valley.

Arid: Journal of the Desert –
Prayer Changes Things: Desert Faith in Trona, CA 2015

PRINT EDITIONS, SIZES & PRICING

St. Madeleine Catholic Church - Trona, CA - 2010

 

High & Dry, my collaboration with writer/historian Christopher Langley is in the midst of publishing a three-part series on the Salton Sea. High & Dry is a regular feature on KCET’s Artbound, where our work seems to be connecting with audiences far and wide (our Emerald City of Salts Dispatch has received over 2400 likes on Facebook!) Chris and I are currently working on a book based on our long-term investigation of Trona, CA, a company town struggling to survive on the southern fringe of Death Valley. Trust me, you’ll hear about that soon. Hint: crowd-funding.

 

Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halobacteria – Salton Sea, California – 2014First printed: 2015

California’s largest lake was formed by accident in 1905, when the Colorado River Aqueduct broke free from irrigation canals and surged for two years into a low desert basin. Today, the lake is drying up. The distinctive red species of archaea forms only in highly salt-rich environments, like the increasingly toxic Salton Sea.

Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Feature Photograph – 2016
KCET's Artbound –
The Salton Sea: A Distillation of the West’s Problems in Search of Solutions – 2016
Sky, Whitecaps, Earth, Halo Bacteria - Bombay Beach (Salton Sea), CA - 2014

 

Coming up this April, I’ll be exhibiting in a two-person show at Chungking Studio with Bill Leigh Brewer as part of the MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) juggernaut, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot. Then in June, I’ll have new work (possibly infrared exposures from September’s Africa trip) at Art Share LA in an exhibition titled Haunted Landscapes, alongside some very talented colleagues.

What else? I am so pleased to have work featured in Duncan Miller Gallery’s YourDailyPhotograph.com. They’re a curated collection service with a very fine range. If you have not checked them out, I encourage you to subscribe. It’s one of the few emails I look forward to every morning.

 

Wildebeest Running with Tree - Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya - 2014Wildebeest Running with Tree – Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya – 2014Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2015
Flirting with Disaster: Africa
Wildebeests Running & Tree - Maasai Mara Nat'l Park, Kenya - 2014


Quick note to collectors: I've already instituted a new 2015 price list (modest, yet I’m told, important increases), but through the end of February, fine art prints purchased directly from Chungking Studio are available at 2014 prices. Big thanks to early collectors for your support!

 

So busy is good, right? As they say, it beats the alternative.

 
 

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2015 OFF WITH A BANG! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2015/1/2015-off-with-a-bang  

TWO GREAT SHOWS. ONE BUSY WEEK!

 

First off, I'm excited to be exhibiting work at photo LA this Thursday-Sunday, January 15-18 at the LA Mart Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Come visit me at booth #529 (how cool is that?)
 

Photo LA – 2015Photo LA – 2015

 

I'm also one of four Los Angeles-based photographers selected to participate in the first annual Uniting the World though Art international cultural exchange organized by the Arts District Alliance. We'll be showing work alongside four Chinese landscape photographers in a series of openings and events co-sponsored by the LA Art Show (see schedule below).

 

 

UNITING THE WORLD THROUGH ART

Tuesday, January 20 – 7-10PM
Lot 613 Opening Reception (FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC)

Wednesday, January 21 – 7-10PM
Art Share L.A. Opening Reception (FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC)

Friday, January 23 – 7-10PM
Private Party at the Container Yard, an historic space transformed by local street artists. NOTE: Public must attend one of the gallery openings to be added to the guest list for this event. More info HERE.

L.A. Art Show – 2015L.A. Art Show – 2015

 

The work at the LA Art Show openings includes new, never seen prints from my Dust to Dust and Desert Windows series.
 

And in a stroke of good timing, two of the images I'm exhibiting at photo LA are in the current issue of West Hollywood Lifestyle magazine.

 

West Hollywood Lifestyle Issue #1West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine – The History of Contemporary Art on La Cienega – Premiere Issue – Winter 2014by Shana Nys Dambrot – LINK TO ARTICLE
Photo right: Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010

 

2015 is off to fine a start!

Hope you can make it out to some of these cool events...

 

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2014 - A YEAR TO REMEMBER https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/12/year-end-update  

GOODBYE 2014, HELLO 2015!

 

A Tree for All Seasons – Rosamond, California – 2012A Tree for All Seasons – Rosamond, California – 2012

 

WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?

 

As hard as it is to believe, it's already time for a look back at 2014 and a look ahead to a shiny, alarmingly imminent 2015. Where does all the time you go, you ask?
 

The year began earnest with my Solo Show at the Los Angeles Art Association / Gallery 825. The show was covered by the LA Times, LA Weekly, and the Huffington Post. Before long, all the prints were sold. (Don't worry though, photographs come in editions, so there may be a few more around the studio...)
 

Images of my adventure riding on Metabolic Studio's 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct won the First Place Award for Best Outdoor Photographic Series from the Outdoor Writers Association of California. I love that all the photos were shot from mule back...

 

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills Outside Lone Pine, California – 2013First printed: 2016

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour leg of Metabolic Studio's 100-mule, 233 mile trek to mark the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the gravity-powered feat of civil engineering deprived the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was compelled to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate toxic dust storms. Tension persists between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

Permanent Collection: Lone Pine Film History Museum – Lone Pine, California
Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Outdoor Photographic Series
2014
KCET Artbound –
Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules – Oct 2013

Mule Train Winds through Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013
First image: A Tree for All Seasons No.1 - Rosamond, CA - 2012

 

High & Dry, my collaboration with writer Christopher Langley, was launched to document the legacy of human activity in deserts of the American West. Our project is a regular feature on KCET's Artbound.
 

I was involved in some terrific exhibitions including POP Über Alles, curated by Timothy Potts of the J.Paul Getty Museum at Gallery 825; the four-person MOPLA show Fact + Friction with photographers Aline Smithson, Clay Lipsky and Mark Indig; West Hollywood’s Out There: I Do at LAAA; and The Life of Things at SCA Project Gallery in Pomona, reviewed in Rogue Art Research & Writing.
 

One hundred small prints from my Desert Windows Series were the VIP gifts for the Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit Auction.

 

Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010Window with Creosote Bush – Dunmovin, California – 2010First printed: 2014

Three miles north of Coso Junction off California Highway 395, Dunmovin served as a rest station for mule trains carrying silver ingots from the Cerro Gordo mines to Los Angeles in the late 1800s. Over the years, the town had a post office, service station, store, cafe, and tourist accommodations, but when I captured this image from an abandoned cabin, the businesses were all closed, and NO TRESPASSING signs were posted along the perimeter.

Window with Creosote Bush - Dunmovin, CA - 2010

 

Further adventures include a journey to Kenya's Maasai Mara on Spacetime artist Jay Mark Johnson's project to document the Great Wildebeest Migration. The work is still being processed and a book will be forthcoming. You can follow the progress on our Facebook group.
 

Opening January 10, 2015, Chungking Studio will host a one-week pop-up exhibition featuring new work by talented local artist Lilli Muller, curated by critics Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank.

 

Photo LA – 2015Photo LA – 2015

 

Looking ahead, I'll be exhibiting work at photo la, the annual international photographic exposition in Downtown LA January 15-18. I may be able to get my hands on some passes, so please contact me after January 7th if you want to check it out.
 

And just received notice this morning that my photographs will be included in an Arts District Alliance collaboration with photographers from China participating in the L.A. Art Show. The work will be displayed during a three-day program at the MAMA and Art Share-LA galleries this January.  

I'm particularly excited about this opportunity, living and working in Los Angeles Chinatown.

 

Notecards! Box of 12 different cards with envelopes $25Notecards! Box of 12 different cards with envelopes $25

 

Finally, a handsome set of 12 notecards featuring a selection of my images was licensed by Picky Print Production, Inc. I have a limited number of boxes available for sale at $25/box. Please contact us at info@ospix.com

So from all of us here at Ospix and Chungking Studio, we hope 2014 was brilliant, and wish you a happy holiday of your preference.

 

HERE'S TO A BRIGHT AND PHOTOGENIC NEW YEAR!

 

 

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OCTOBER UPDATE https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/10/october-update-2104  

BACK IN THE GROOVE!
 

 

Back from seeing thousands of migrating wildebeest in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park. Here's an image from a new portfolio which employs the same handheld, infrared technique I'm using to communicate a sense of moving though the California desert in Flirting with Disaster.

 

Wildebeest on the Run – Maasai Mara National Park – 2014Wildebeest on the Run – Maasai Mara National Park – 2014Infrared Exposure
Flirting with Disaster: Africa

Above: Wildebeests on the Run - Infrared Exposure - Maasai Mara - 2014


SCA Project Gallery Exhibition


The exhibit in Pomona was a huge success.

The show got some amazing press, including this thoughtful excerpt by Victoria Banegas...
 

Rogue Art Research & Writing – The Life of Things – Aug 2014Rogue Art Research & Writing – The Life of Things – Aug 2014by Victoria Banegas – LINK TO REVIEW
Photo: Desert Vista – Cinco, California – 2009
 

...and the brand new image printed especially for the show already has a new home at a collector's architecture and design office in Hermosa Beach (on left), part of a four-print acquisition that includes two more photographs from the Desert Windows series and a classic portrait from An Ocean of Humanity

 

Collector Hermosa Beach – 2014Collector Hermosa Beach – 2014

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

A Tree for All Seasons – Halloween – Rosamond, California – 2012A Tree for All Seasons – Halloween – Rosamond, California – 2012The plastic pumpkins were found in the tree as you see them. The one on the right was captured in flight.

A Tree for All Seasons - Halloween - Rosamond, CA - 2012

Like most of my images, this one was not composited. The plastic pumpkins were found in the tree as you see them.
The one on the right was captured in flight.

 

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ADVENTURE BOUND! https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/8/adventure-bound-africa-2014 CARBON MIGRATIONS

 

In Transit – FTE to BRC (El Calafate to Bariloche – Patagonia Argentina) – 2006ARMCHAIR IN THE SKYI’ve always been enthralled by the everyday surrealism of modern air travel. Rummaging through a box of old photos, I was drawn to a vernacular image from the earliest days of commercial aviation. The window view featured a propeller and wing, an evocative mass of obsolete machinery juxtaposed against a timeless expanse of clouds. Captured opportunistically over 25 years of travel, Armchair in the Sky is an extension of my landscape practice exploring our ongoing relationship with the environment.


In Transit (FTE to BRC) 2006
First printed: 2016

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I'm traveling to the SERENGETI this weekend to join 'Spacetime' photographer Jay Mark Johnson on a project to document the Great Migration across the Maasai Mara.

 

Jay Mark Johnson – Claudio, Stella E Farfalla – Cetona, Italy – 2007Jay Mark Johnson – Claudio, Stella E Farfalla – Cetona, Italy – 2007

 

Seeing wildebeests, great cats and crocodiles will be breathtaking, no doubt, but I'm particularly intrigued to witness JMJ's 'collapsed timeline' process which creates space-time images unlike any you are likely to have seen. The fixed-position, slit-scan camera registers continuous vertical slivers of a scene, recording vast landscapes over a period of time. Collaborators include writer Shana Nys Dambrot and videographer Broatch Berry, with editor Beth Gallagher assembling our output back home. Check out the facebook page for daily posts, sneak peaks, and exotic updates on our progress.

TOP:  In Transit - El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche (Patagonia) Argentina - 2006 - from ARMCHAIR IN THE SKY
ABOVE:  Jay Mark Johnson - claudio, stella e farfalla - Cetona, Italy - 2007

 

I'll of course be documenting the people and landscapes we encounter along the way. If you're interested in what an editorial photographer might pack for a 10-day assignment to Africa, check out what I took to Equatorial Guinea in December 2011, along with some never-seen photos from the trip...

 

Photographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaPhotographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaEagle Creek Travel Bag

Photographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaPhotographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaEagle Creek Travel Bag

Photographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaPhotographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaEagle Creek Travel Bag

Photographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaPhotographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaEagle Creek Travel Bag

Photographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial GuineaPhotographer's Travel Kit – Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea

Complete two-body digital camera kit with Leica M8 & M9, four lenses & accessories - 2011

​The photos below where intended for publication, but held back for reasons too complicated to explain here.

Four Boys and their Handmade Cars – Moka, Equatorial Guinea – 2011Four Boys and their Handmade Cars – Moka, Equatorial Guinea – 2011

Travel Differently – Equatorial, Guinea – 2011Writer David Page on Assignment in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea – 2011

Writer David Page "catches up on some reading" aboard an abandoned aircraft outside Malabo International Airport.

 

Travel bags & accessories provided by Eagle Creek


 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #carbonmigrations #masaimara #ospix africa carbon migrations eagle creek jay mark johnson kenya Osceola Refetoff serengeti shana nys dambrot slit-scan camera spacetime photograph travel wildebeest migration www.ospix.com https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/8/adventure-bound-africa-2014 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:05:00 GMT
SCA PROJECT GALLERY EXHIBITION https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/8/sca-project-gallery-2014
SCA Project Gallery Exhibition

 

The Life of Things – SCA Project Gallery – August 2014The Life of Things – SCA Project Gallery – August 2014Image right: Burro Schmidt Abandoned Caretaker's House – Last Chance Canyon, California – 2009

RIGHT:  Bathroom - Abandoned Caretaker's House - William 'Burro' Schmidt Tunnel - Last Chance Canyon, CA - 2009
 

I'm showing a new, never seen photograph along with other images from the High & Dry Desert Windows Series in 'The Life of Things'  exhibition at SCA Project Gallery. 


August 9th - 30th

Closing Reception August 30th, 6-10pm

 

I'm excited to exhibit work alongside longtime friends Dave Lovejoy and Johnny Fox. The show focuses on the artists' interaction and appropriation/re-purposing of objects/imagery after the original 'life' of these things has expired.


Featured Artists: David Lovejoy, Jim Haag, Johnny Fox, Tammy Carlson Greenwood & Osceola Refetoff
 

Exhibition curated by Johnny Fox in association with the Downtown Pomona Artwalk

DJ's Apo, Esteban and Radiant Child will be spinning records

 

SCA PROJECT GALLERY

281 S. Thomas Street #104
Pomona, CA 91766
310.652.8272

Please contact the gallery for hours & viewing by appointment

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix art opening curator johnny fox dave lovejoy desert windows series fine art photography exhibition high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain Osceola Refetoff pomona art walk sca project gallery the life of things https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/8/sca-project-gallery-2014 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:10:00 GMT
VIP GUESTS TO RECEIVE ORIGINAL PRINT AT LAAA BENEFIT AUCTION https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/7/2014-laaa-annual-auction Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit – 2014Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit – 2014


VIP guests at this year's Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit will receive an original, signed print from the Desert Window Series. Four different images are featured from my 2014 High & Dry solo show.

 

LAAA's Annual Benefit Auction serves as an important survey exhibition and auction opportunity, featuring one of the most compelling pools of emerging talent and established artists like Ann Hamilton, Shepard Fairey, Lita Albuquerque, and Brad Howe.
 

2014 Benefit Co-chairs: Blake Byrne, Shula Nazarian, and Bruce Adlhoch
 

Benefit Committee: Steven Adams, Heather Axe, Renee Becnel, Jan Cobert, J. Dallas Dishman, Oliver Furth, Adam Gross, Elaina Leibee, Tim Lloyd, Lauren Maley, Klaus Moeller, Mills Moran, Martha Otero, Cheryl Perkey, Marlene Picard, Bennett Roberts, Cathy Seward, Susan Steinhauser, Claudia Teran, and Laura Watts.

 

July 26, 2014

 

VIP Preview: 6 to 7p, $100 ($120 at the door)
Food by NOBU, open bar, desserts and original signed print by Osceola Refetoff

 

General Admission: 7 to 9p, $25
Open bar and desserts.

 

RSVP: Reserve your spot 310.652.8272, online purchasegallery825@laaa.org

 

LAAA/Gallery 825

825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 310. 652.8272

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix ann hamilton shepard fairey annual benefit auction art opening brad howe desert landscape photography desert window series gallery 825 high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain laaa lita albuquerque los angeles art association mojave desert Osceola Refetoff https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/7/2014-laaa-annual-auction Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:06:47 GMT
WEST HOLLYWOOD 'OUT THERE' EXHIBITION https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/6/out-there-exhibition Join us this Friday for the art opening and celebration of marriage equality in conjunction with West Hollywood's Pride Month. One of my new, never-exhibited photographs is featured in the 

7th Annual 'Out There: I Do' exhibit at Gallery 825

 

Friday June 6th, 6-9pm.

Exhibition runs through June 13th.

 

Rob K. & Tony C. – Infrared Exposure with Movie Lights  – Hollywood, CA – 2009AN OCEAN OF HUMANITYComprising many variations of portraiture – commissioned, candid, studio, personal, travel, and environmental – this is by far my largest and most unruly portfolio, reflecting my fervid curiosity with our species in all its tumultuous forms of self-expression.

Rob K & Tony C – Infrared Exposure with Movie Lights – Hollywood, California – 2009
First printed: 2013

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This is the 2nd year in a row that my work was selected for 'Out There'
 with the infrared image above appearing in 2013.

 

The new piece Sign of Our Time was captured in Trona, CA as part High & Dry, an ongoing collaboration between writer/historian Christopher Langley to survey the legacy of human activity in the deserts of the American West. Trona, a mining town south of Death Valley, will be a focus of our attention in the coming months. Our project can be explored at  www.DesertDispatches.com.

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix celebration of marriage equality fine art photography exhibition gallery 825 laaa lgbt los angeles art association Osceola Refetoff out there: i do sign of our time trona CA west hollywood pride month https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/6/out-there-exhibition Thu, 05 Jun 2014 03:22:00 GMT
'HIGH & DRY' SERIES DEBUTS ON KCET'S ARTBOUND https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/5/high-dry-on-artbound HIGH & DRYHIGH & DRY

High & Dry, my long-term collaboration with writer/historian Chrisopher Langley, has been picked up by KCET's award-winning, cross-platform, arts journalism program Artbound. Our first feature, describes the nature and goals of our ongoing collaboration, which will be a regular feature on Artbound:

www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/inyo/high-and-dry-mojave-desert.html

Rochelle - L Street, Mojave, California - 2009Rochelle – L Street, Mojave, California – 2009

High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain explores the deserts of the American West and the people who live there. The West is part of America’s cultural DNA: an icon of hope and ambition. Against these grand ideas exists a patchwork of struggling communities, dreamers, dropouts, and compounds scattered across vast open spaces. Balancing images, words, the personal, and the historic, High & Dry focuses on the remnants and the future of human activity across these lands, cognizant that they will become increasingly dominated my immense wind and solar arrays.

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/5/high-dry-on-artbound Wed, 21 May 2014 18:15:00 GMT
'FACT+FRICTION' AT CHUNGKING STUDIO https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/4/fact-friction Fact + Friction – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – April 2014Fact + Friction – Chungking Studio – Los Angeles, California – April 2014Mark Indig, Clay Lipsky, Osceola Refetoff, Aline Smithson

I'm pleased to announce a photography exhibit at Chungking Studio Saturday, April 26th 7-10pm featuring new work by Mark Indig, Clay Lipsky, Aline Smithson, and Osceola Refetoff.

It will be a Big Night on Chung King Road with openings at Red Pipe, Coagula Curatorial, Charlie James, and Good Luck Galleries.


Come down and check out Chinatown's Hot Art Scene!

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix aline smithson art opening chungking studio clay lipsky fact + friction la chinatown mark indig Osceola Refetoff photography exhibition https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/4/fact-friction Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT
CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/4/conversation-with-the-artists  

Please join me for a Conversation with the Artists at the Los Angeles Art Association


Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm.

 

Desert Vista – Cinco, California – 2009IT'S A MESS WITHOUT YOUA deep melancholy permeates all forsaken structures. These single-exposure compositions invite the viewer to stand in the footsteps of former residents and reflect on the circumstances that led them to abandon their homes. Here in the desert, the real tragedy of fleeting dreams, loss, absence, and obsolescence is starkly contrasted against a stoically majestic terrain.

Desert Vista – Cinco, California – 2009
First printed: 2011

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Artists in attendance are Keiko Inoh, Robert Nelson and Osceola Refetoff. 

 

 High & Dry: dispatches from the land of little rain is currently on exhibition at LAAA  

Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5pm 
Exhibition closes Friday, April 18th
 

High & Dry is an ongoing collaboration between writer/historian Christopher Langley and photographer Osceola Refetoff to survey the legacy of human activity in the California desert. The project can be explored at www.DesertDispatches.com.

 

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix art opening california high desert christopher langley desert landscape photography desert window series desertscape fine art photography exhibition gallery 825 high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain laaa los angeles art association Osceola Refetoff solo show https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/4/conversation-with-the-artists Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT
2014 OWAC Award https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/3/2014-owac-award  

My photographs chronicling Metabolic Studio's One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct were awarded OWAC's 2014 1st Place Award for Best Outdoor Photographic Series. The images were featured in three KCET Artbound pieces authored by High & Dry collaborator Christopher Langley as well as several articles in The Inyo Register.

The award-winning series included the images below, both shot from mule back.

 

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills Outside Lone Pine, California – 2013First printed: 2016

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour leg of Metabolic Studio's 100-mule, 233 mile trek to mark the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the gravity-powered feat of civil engineering deprived the Owens Valley of its agricultural potential and drained Owens Lake, creating the largest single source of particulate pollution in the United States.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was compelled to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate toxic dust storms. Tension persists between the residents of the Owens Valley and the LADWP, which continues to control the valley's water through its ownership of a land area in the region larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

Permanent Collection: Lone Pine Film History Museum – Lone Pine, California
Outdoor Writers Association of California – Best Outdoor Photographic Series
2014
KCET Artbound – Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules – Oct 2013
Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA - 2013

 

Mule Train rides along Movie Ranch Road - Alabama Hills, CA - 2013

Outdoor Writes Association of California (OWAC) Award WinnerOutdoor Writes Association of California (OWAC) Award Winner

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix award winner best outdoor photographic series christopher langley desert landscape photography desertscape high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain inyo register kcet artbound Osceola Refetoff outdoor photography outdoor writers assoc of california owac https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/3/2014-owac-award Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:15:00 GMT
'HIGH & DRY' SOLO SHOW AT GALLERY 825 https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/3/solo-show-gallery-825 An exhibition of my desert photography project High & Dry opens Saturday, March 22 at the Los Angeles Art Association.

High & Dry is long-term collaboration with writer/historian Christopher Langley exploring the deserts of the American West and the people who live there. The solo photography exhibition examines how the window functions as not only a literal/architectural but also as an optical/aesthetic and narrative/symbolic structure in desert landscape photography.

 

Gallery 825 Solo Exhibition - Beverly Hill, CA - 2014Gallery 825 Solo Exhibition - Beverly Hill, CA - 2014March 22 - April 18, 2014
Opening Reception March 22, 6-9pm
Gallery 825 (LINK)

 

March 22 - April 18, 2014.

Opening: Saturday, March 22th 6-9pm. 

 

LAAA/Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 310. 652.8272
 

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #desertdispatches #ospix art opening california high desert christopher langley desert landscape photography desert window series desertscape fine art photography exhibition gallery 825 high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain it's a mess without you la weekly pick of the week laaa los angeles art association mojave desert Osceola Refetoff solo show https://www.ospix.com/blog/2014/3/solo-show-gallery-825 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:00:00 GMT
'POP UBER ALLES' CURATED BY TIMOTHY POTTS, DIRECTOR J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM https://www.ospix.com/blog/2013/8/pop-uber-alles  

Delighted to have a photograph included in the GALLERY 825 exhibition POP ÜBER ALLES, an all-media exploration of Pop Art tropes in contemporary art practice juried by Australian art historian and archaeologist Dr. Timothy Potts, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.                                                                   

September 6 - October 4, 2013.

Opening: Friday, September 6th 6-9pm. 

 

LAAA/Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 310. 652.8272

 

Love, Faith, Hope – Cinco, California – 2010Love, Faith, Hope – Cinco, California – 2010First printed: 2014

Permanent Collection: The Chouinard Foundation – South Pasadena, California, USA
Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporanea (MAAAC) – Cisternino, Pulgia, Italy

Osceola Refetoff - "Love, Faith, Hope - Cinco, CA" 2010

 

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info@ospix.com (Osceola Refetoff) #ospix art opening desert landscape photography desert window series desertscape fine art photography exhibition gallery 825 j. paul getty museum laaa los angeles art association love faith hope Osceola Refetoff pop uber alles timothy potts https://www.ospix.com/blog/2013/8/pop-uber-alles Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT