EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE
O S C E O L A R E F E T O F F
H I G H & D R Y: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain
March 22 to April 18, 2014,
March 22nd 6-9pm at the
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles (February 24): With a serious drought upon us, and at a time when a rush to develop renewable energies will, for good or bad, indelibly transform the landscape, photographer Osceola Refetoff documents the California desert in relationship to human activity.
A century of iconic images of these arid landscapes are part of our cultural DNA, essential to the legend of the West and to our assumptions of what it means to be an American. Against these grand visions exists a loose patchwork of struggling communities, military compounds and vast open spaces, long a refuge for loners, dreamers, and broken spirits.
In a solo exhibition hosted by the Los Angeles Art Association, Osceola Refetoff reveals a nuanced view of these lands, reflecting on the loss community and the toll of desiccation. Through the windows of his photographs, one may get a glimpse of the desert’s future, as many of the photographed structures have already been torn down to make way for just the type of wind and solar projects that will likely dominate many areas, transforming the desert landscape in ways that are complex and irreversible.
The March 22-April 18 exhibition is the first physical installation of an ongoing collaboration with writer/historian Christopher Langley to document the human legacy in the California desert past, present and future at the newly launched www.DesertDispatches.com.
Osceola Refetoff holds an M.F.A. from New York University's Graduate Film Program, where he earned Paulette Goddard and Warner Bros Fellowships. His photography was recently featured in two Art of Photography exhibitionsat the San Diego Art Institute; the Lucie Foundation exhibit at Art Platform-LA, and MOPLA's Los Angeles: A Place in the Sun curated by Audrey Landreth. Mr. Refetoff is a freelance photographer and location scout, focusing on architectural and environmental portraiture. His award-winning editorial photography appears in Hemispheres (United) and Go (Southwest Airlines) magazines, among others. He currently resides on Chung King Road in Los Angeles' historic Chinatown. Mr Refetoff’s images will also be featured in the Fact+Friction exhibit opening April 26 as part of Month of Photography Los Angeles.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Osceola Refetoff, please call Kristine Schomaker 661-317-1069 or email Kristine@shoeboxpr.com