Osceola Refetoff | LAND ARTIFACTS


March 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment




Friends, it’s time to Spring ahead, and I must say that 2018 has already been quite the year so far, with my work already in five exhibitions, including the current Empty Spaces, Abandoned Spaces at the Praxis Photographic Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (thru March 17), and as a featured artist in Digital vs Analog at the Hive Gallery in DTLA (thru April 6).

Just ended is The New Pictorialists, my month-long co-curation with art critic Shana Nys Dambrot at YourDailyPhotograph.com. Continuing on the curatorial bent, I’ll be jurying this year’s Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) – entry deadline: March 31.


Serpentine Hopper Cars - Searles, CA - 2010Serpentine Hopper Cars - Searles, CA - 2010Infrared Exposure – First printed: 2018

High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018
Open Desert – Palm Springs Art Museum – 2016

Serpentine Boxcars - Infrared Exposure - Searles, CA

There’s big news with my writer-photographer collaboration High & Dry, with two new dispatches on the ecologically rehabilitated Whittaker-Bermite site in Santa Clarita, California, formerly a fireworks and munitions plant. The stories will be syndicated as always on KCET’s Emmy-winning Artbound, but you can see them here first.

High & Dry is revving up for our first institutional exhibition opening at the Museum of Art & History (Lancaster, CA) just two months from today’s date – Saturday, May 12, 4-6pm. LAND ARTIFACTS will feature all black & white infrared photographs and is the first art exhibition to integrate historical objects from MOAH's permanent collection.


Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns - Owens Lake, CA - 2013Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns - Owens Lake, CA - 2013Infrared Exposure - First printed: 2015

California State Historical Landmark #537 - Infrared Exposure

The Cottonwood kilns stand as a reminder of the tremendous impact the Gold Rush had on California's environment and landscapes. The kilns were used to transform the forest on the slopes behind them into charcoal to fuel Cerro Gordo, California's most productive silver mine.

High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018
Scapes – 3-Person Exhibit Curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
Atlas Photo – Osceola Refetoff: Beauty and Awe of the California Desert - 2017
Open Desert – Palm Springs Art Museum – 2016
Magic and Realism: Photographs by Osceola Refetoff & Bill Leigh Brewer Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot - Chungking Studio - 2015

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns - Infrared Exposure - Owens Lake, CA

Oh! And I’m on my way to Houston for FotoFest this week. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ll be reporting on my experience from deep in the heart of Texas.

In that spirit, here's your Photo of the Month, available for purchase directly from Chungking Studio at 20% off in either 17x22” or 24x34" limited edition prints (thru April 15).


Man with Upset Chair - Self-Portrait - Lone Pine, CA - 2016Man with Upset Chair - Self-Portrait - Lone Pine, CA - 2016First printed: 2016

Created for the exhibition
GUNS, this image addresses the problematic mythology of the heroic American West – a world of pioneers, cowboys, and hyperbolic dreams of lawless individual “freedom” stoked by the history of cinema and revered as part of our nation’s cultural identity. A rare instance of a figure appearing in my desert landscape practice, this image is both an homage and a challenge to the nostalgic romanticism of these majestic lands, which are in reality increasingly compromised, degraded, and contested.

Make America - LA Art Association/Gallery 825 - West Hollywood, CA - 2017

GUNS - Curated by Betty Ann Brown, Liz Gordon & Anita Storm - The Loft at Liz's - Los Angeles, CA - 2016

Man with Upset Chair - Lone Pine, CA




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