September 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment




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, with a wide spectrum of vernacular religious expressions punctuating our desert landscapes.

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

Presenting a stark, Brutalist exterior, the St. Madeleine 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.



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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