Osceola Refetoff | READY FOR TAKE OFF


July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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, CA - 2009IT'S A MESS WITHOUT YOUNormally such a flat, empty horizon would be difficult to find in the Mojave Desert. This view is from a discarded trailer home on an abandoned farm where the earth had been stripped clear for alfalfa production. Things grow slowly in arid climes, so the landscape had yet to be reclaimed by creosote bushes and other drought-resistant flora.

Much of my focus is on the remnants and future of human activity across the deserts of the American West. Images of these parched lands are part of America’s cultural DNA — icons of great hope and ambition. Against these grand ideals exists a patchwork of struggling communities, dreamers, dropouts, and military-industrial compounds scattered across vast open spaces. These photographs explore how the “window” functions as not only a literal/architectural, but also as an optical/aesthetic and narrative/symbolic structure in framing the story of our desert landscapes. You can explore more about the series and this particular image here:
Boom: a Journal of California -
Framing the Desert - Summer 2015

Desert Vista - Cinco, CA - 2009
First printed: 2011

It's a Mess Without You - Solo Show – Porch Gallery - Ojai, CA - 2017
Artillery Magazine - Feature Story by Betty Ann Brown - 2017
High and Dry (3-Person Show) - FAB-Gallery - Santa Monica, CA - 2016
Museum Tour (Solo Show) - Venice Institute of Contemporary Art/Gypsy Trails Gallery - Torrance Art Museum - 2015
Uniting the World Though Art - LA Art Show/Arts District Alliance - 2015
Solo Exhibition - Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 - 2014
The Life of Things - SCA Project Gallery - Pomona, CA - 2014
The Lucie Foundation - Art Platform Los Angeles - 2011
A Place in the Sun: Picturing California - curated by Audrey Landreth - Hi-Lite Studio/MOPLA - Los Angeles, CA - 2011

Notes on Limited Edition Prints

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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