(RE)FORMATIONS -Visualizing the Interface.
Ari Elefterin 2016
Robert Michael Jones
Sculpture Installation 2016
(RE)FORMATIONS Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency 10th Anniversary Exhibition
JTHAR Artists works from 2016 summer program. Robert Michael Jones, Keely Nelson Rivers, Ari Elefterin , Tim Murdoch, Heidi Kayser present paintings, sculpture, photography, & video installations.
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency 2016 Exhibition Opening July 9th, 6-8PM at Joshua Tree Art Gallery 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree, Ca This exhibition is a culmination of JTHAR Artists seven week stay creating new works of art in the Mojave Desert. Featured artists Robert Michael Jones, Keely Nelson Rivers, Ari Elefterin, Tim Murdoch, Heidi Kayser.
Robert Michael Jones, Sculptor robert Mimics the deserts refusal to hide human disregard. By contrasting that ugliness with human potential, through the image of an astronaut and the process of make believe, he illustrates our contradicting nature.
Kelly Nelson Roberts, painter The paintings of Keely Nelson Rivers are abstract moments inspired by real places, emotions ,and ideas. The works employ distorted perspectives and fold in seemingly familiar contexts to create a middle ground for ambiguity, pictorial depth, and undefined visions.
Ari Elefterin, multi media & performance artists Ari's work aims to visualize the unseen interface that links the human body to water. through the extremity of water issues in the desert, Ari's exercises, which includes a series of essays, prints, and short films, attempts to understand & communicate how physical & emotional intimacy with one's environment can nurture a future of mutual respect.
Tim Murdoch, sculptor Tim Murdoch's work are brought about through the action of collecting, processing, & forming sand. Mimicking a miners obsession, Murdoch painstakingly divides the grains of sand to collect one of the most abundant materials on the planet rust. Through the violent act of reverse entropy, he cast iron diamonds. Value is determined by structures of power. Murdoch's diamonds question these structures & subvert the forms of value, mining the obvious.
Heidi Kayser, multi media, filmmaker working at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum to find inspiration in the concepts, forms, & aesthetics of Noah Purifoy's politically motivated assemblages that speculate on society forged in consumerist practice. Heidi's work explores metamorphosis & shedding layers of the body that constructed through a capitalist ideology of self image as defined through fashion.