I Am All I Have To Sell

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Family Portrait as Ice Cream Cone Tops, 2011 Paper, Paint , Cloth, Pins 4'x4'
September 2nd, 2011 - September 26th, 2011
Opening: September 2nd, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

installation, sculpture


Chloe Boleyn Palmer



Hi-Lite Project Space

533 South Los Angeles Street, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013


September 2nd – September 26th 2011

Opening Reception: Friday September 2nd , 2011, 6-9pm

Patriot Pancake Fortunes: Sunday September 11th ,  10-12 am

I Love America And America Loves Me,Treasure Hunt: Saturday 17th, 12-2pm


 Hi-Lite Project Space in downtown Los Angeles is pleased to present I AM ALL THAT I HAVE TO SELL, Chloe Boleyn Palmer’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. In this exhibition Chloe ferments her interest in attempting to map an invisible force in our world by illustrating our enduring love affair with capitalism and the American Dream. Chloe employs Steinbeck’s character Rosasharan as a lens from which the viewer can observe their own personal love affair with the American Dream.  This romance is complete with capitalism’s passionate promises of bountiful happiness, intermingled with its unpredictable and pathological behavior.


The title of the exhibition I AM ALL THAT I HAVE TO SELL,  refers to Rosasharon’s ability to repurpose herself to survive. Rosasharon’s personal pursuit to attain a dream marketed to her in the back of a magazine called “Western Love Stories” allowed her to live in a fantasy for much of the book.  From an electric iron, to an icebox to other “nice things” for her unborn child, Rosasharon obsesses endlessly about desirable objects while her family begins to starve. At the very end of the book, hours after losing her child in childbirth, Rosasharon empathetically breast feeds a dying man back to life in a barn. This repurposing of her body became a symbol of numerous personal struggles found in our current economic situation as we are asked to repurpose ourselves to continue our relationship with the American dream.  Through out this show images of repurposing occur as symbols of our simultaneous fight for survival and our desperate attempt to save our relationship with the American dream.


The narrative from I AM ALL THAT I HAVE TO SELL is mined from both the text found in the “Grapes of Wrath,” and the streets of Los Angeles since the 2008 financial crises. These two excavation sites allow the artist to elaborate on Rosasharon’s character and create an additional fiction that takes place both inside and outside the novel. The outcome is an abstracted and pictorial narrative made of Sculptures, drawings and performances assembled with an American folk art aesthetic and made from utilitarian materials. These elements are displayed in a euphoric cathedral like arrangement festooned with patterns and colors harnessing Tiepolo’s rococo palette, which enforces the relationship between reality and fantasy. During the show, Rosasharon, the artist, and the viewer mesh into one identity as they submit to their singular obsession with the American dream.

Hi-Lite Project Space

533 South Los Angeles Street, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013