Osceola Refetoff | TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL


August 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


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, CA - 2010Lone Trailer Home - Sunrise - Cinco, CA - 2010First printed: 2015

This site in Cinco, CA is one that I’ve visited countless times, and where I created several images in my “Desert Windows" series. On this occasion, I camped out amongst the debris so I could be at the remote location at daybreak. I was rewarded with a spectacular sunrise, the trailer encircled by a ring a fiery clouds. The battered structures have since been cleared away to make way for an industrial-scale solar installation; my beloved site now sealed off behind security fencing, and a spectacular viewshed encumbered by development that is visible for miles around.

It's a Mess Without You - Solo Show – Porch Gallery - Ojai, CA - 2017
The Art Classic: Oasis - Millard Sheets Art Center - Pomona, CA – 2016
Curate This - The Gabba Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - 2016
Museum Tour (Solo Show) - Venice Institute of Contemporary Art/Gypsy Trails Gallery - Torrance Art Museum - 2015
Magic and Realism: Photographs by Osceola Refetoff & Bill Leigh Brewer Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot - Chungking Studio - 2015

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

Pinholes & Infrareds - Chungking Studio - Los Angeles, CA - 2016
Ode to the 6th Street Bridge - Art Share LA - 2015
Waterworks 2 - Porch Gallery - Ojai, CA - 2015
Downtown: Incomplete LA - Featured Artist - Terrell Moore Gallery (MOPLA) - 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, CA - 2013Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018

High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 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 - 2012What Happens in Chinatown... Painter Alex Schaefer - Perform Chinatown - 2012
"What Happens in Chinatown..." - Perform Chinatown 2012

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