Osceola Refetoff | SHOW TIME


November 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


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

The Long Valley Caldera was created by a great volcanic cataclysm. Today, snow melt from the Sierra Nevada mixes with unpredictable geothermal geysers, often enticing unknowing bathers to their demise. For this image, I used my hand to partially shade the window so the cupcake-patterned curtains show through on one side and the exterior landscape reflects 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.

Personal Vacation – juried by Chris Davies/Fabrik Magazine – Gallery 825 – W. Hollywood, CA – 2017
The Art Classic: Oasis - Millard Sheets Art Center - Pomona, 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

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, CA - 2016ICE/AMMO - Mojave, CA - 2016First printed: 2016

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

Scapes – 3-person exhibit curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
KCET Artbound -
A Glimpse of Another America - Dec 2017
Seismic Shift - Confronting Catastrophe – LAUNCH LA - Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Pk, CA - 2017
Out There – Gallery 825/West Hollywood Pride Month - W. Hwd, CA – 2017

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

This image was captured from muleback during an eight-hour ride that traversed the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine, California, with the Sierra Nevada mountains just south of Mount Whitney in the background.

To mark the L.A. Aqueduct's 100th anniversary,
Metabolic Studio led a 100-mule team along its 233 mile route from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. Bringing water to a growing metropolis, the entirely gravity-fed feat of civil engineering also 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 required to undertake a massive restoration project to successfully abate the dust storms caused by the creation of Owens Dry Lake. 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.

Scapes – 3-Person Exhibit Curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
First Place Award - Best Outdoor Photographic Series - Outdoor Writers Association of California - 2014
KCET Artbound Riding Along the Aqueduct with 100 Mules - Oct 2013

Mule Train Winds through the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, California - 2013




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