One of the last untouched rainforests in the world\, the rai nforest of the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia is both a fact and a phantom. The Preak Piphot river and surrounding rainforest are home to many globall y endangered species such as Asian elephants\, tigers\, sun bears\, monkeys \, hornbills\, flying squirrels\, and the last remaining Siamese crocodiles . It is considered one of the last true and most important wilderness areas in South East Asia. Currently\, most of the world's rainforests are in dan ger by encroaching corporate endeavors\, population growth\, pollution\, lo gging\, and poaching. The literal and metaphoric diversity preserved therei n critically threatened. In Cambodia\, this encroachment stemmed largely fr om the effects of international warfare\, impoverishing the country\, leadi ng to the radical and murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge\, followed by dee per poverty\, and financial and infrastructural insecurity. 

Quartet For the End of Time is composed of 1700 photographs taken while in the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains. Images continually shift as the viewer moves through a landscape both real and imagined. This landscape evo kes varied and sometimes conflicted notions of wilderness ’Äì violence\, be auty\, disorientation\, perpetual shift\, transcendence and the sublime. Th e piece unfolds as a mesmerizing Rorschach test\, emphasizing the participa nt's role\, interlacing an interior\, embodied space with a moving and unco ntrollable landscape. 

Access to the wilderness takes a complica ted turn in contemporary life. Threats to wilderness remind us that the ope n-ness\, the wildness of public space\, is also in danger of becoming extin ct. As public parks\, squares\, and spaces close\, or become owned\, and co rporatized\, so too does our ability to rehabilitate ourselves\, seek out a nd exercise creative solutions and community structures. 


Deanna Erdmann is an artist living and working in Los An geles. She received her MFA (2008) from University of California\, San Dieg o\, where she was a Russel Grant recipient\, and her BA (2002) from UC Irvi ne. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Luis De Jes us\, Patrick Painter\, The Hammer Museum\, REDCAT\, LACE\, Kavi Gupta Berli n\, Sundown Salon\, Lui Velasquez\, compactspace\, The New Children's Museu m San Diego\, and workspace.

LOCATION:Angels Gate Cultural Center\,3601 South Gaffey St.\, Box 1 \nSan P edro\, CA 90731 SUMMARY:Quartet For the End of Time\, Deanna Erdmann END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR