LOOKOUT: An outside look at inside art.
Joshua Tree Art Gallery 61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
March Artists: Sherry Killam, Laurie Schafer and Juan Thorp
On view: March 6 – April 2, 2021 | Open Hours: 24 Hours a day
As we reflect and shift with the daily changes and effects of COVID-19, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is committed to the health and safety of our community. During this time art has the power to connect, uplift and inspire everyone. While residents are staying at home and reevaluating the new normal, the downtown Joshua Tree commercial strip remains active as our neighbors and the farmer’s market remain open.
To continue our mission to inspire and enliven the community through the arts we present LOOKOUT, an exhibition series in the front window of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. This month artists Sherry Killam, Laurie Schafer and Juan Thorp present a variety of organic, colorful and playful work to celebrate the beginning of the spring season in the high desert.
We aim to catch the eye of a passersby and shift their current outlook to one of inspiration and intrigue. Work will rotate every Saturday and will be on view until April 2.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Sherry Killam: Mojave Desert artist Sherry Killam explores the different angles, layers, and facets of both exterior and interior landscapes. She is inspired by the surreal shapes of boulders, prickly plants, and clouds that surround her home in Joshua Tree. Killam attributes her passion for vivid colors and abstract shapes to her childhood study of the Impressionist Masters, and to her own nearsightedness. She nurtures and validates alternative perspectives.
Between 2014 and 2016, medical events brought the loss of vision in her right eye, which led to a chronic state of impaired balance and depth perception. Not able to handle conventional paint and brush methods, Killam began a journey of learning to make paintings with one eye and one finger, one at a time on an iPad.
Her bold colorful images still depict a fleeting point of view, inviting participation and open-ended interpretations. Her digital images are enlarged and printed on stretched canvas in custom sizes and limited numbers.
Laurie Schafer creates mixed media artworks, paintings, drawings and installations; stitching together moments that exist to punctuate the human drama, in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. By emphasizing aesthetics, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily life.
Her work in fiber is often informed by the ideal of “woman’s work” until a disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness of complicated manifold layers of meaning, create intense personal moments, luring the viewer into my world. Her drawing and painting technique mimic sewing as she zig-zags and embroiders; with fiber, paint or pastels, building layers until the image emerges.
Her multi-faceted mixed media artworks and installations are a collision of “fine art” and “craft” investigating romanticism and reality; as part of the collective memory. Magical work that is notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature, bearing witness to the importance of great craftsmanship.
Juan Thorp’s current work reflects the concept of the “in-between”. The subjects focus on the phase between ideas, between exact forms, at the morph. You may not pin point what you are seeing. This thing is kinda-like, not quite but almost a that. Influenced by Sci-Fi and Techno music, the work becomes an attempt to solidify morphing sound, an abstract-science approach to describe everchanging music.
Juan Thorp is an abstract painter residing in Rimrock California. He studied fine art at the University of Cal Poly Pomona and received his BA in Fine Art. Together with his wife, Susie, they own Desert Peach and Crayon Cannon, a Gallery/Store and a Design/Sign Shop in Yucca Valley.
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