Osceola Refetoff | LUCKY SEVEN


June 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment




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, CA - 2012Sign of Our Time - Trona, CA - 2012First printed: 2014

I’ve stopped dozens of times to capture this sign that greets travelers on their way into Trona, CA. A hundred-year-old mining town isolated on the edge of Death Valley, Trona struggles to maintain its population and way of life against daunting obstacles. The sign, weathered yet defiant, always caught my attention, and each visit I attempted to capture it in ever more dramatic conditions. While I often return to photograph a place repeatedly, once I get the exposure I want, I’m done. This is my color rendition of the scene. And anyway, the good people of Trona have seen fit to “restore” their sign, making it cleaner no doubt, but infinitely less photogenic.

Scapes – 3-Person Exhibit Curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
It's a Mess Without You - Solo Show – Porch Gallery - Ojai, CA - 2017
The Art Classic: Oasis - Millard Sheets Art Center - Pomona, CA – 2016
Out There - Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 - 2014
KCET Artbound - High & Dry - Water Extremes: Too Little; Too Much; Too Slow; Too Fast - July 2014

​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, CA - 20112011 Outdoor Writers of Assoc of California (OWAC) Award Winner:
– Best Nature Photograph
– Editors' Choice (Grand Prize) Best Overall Photograph

'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.
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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