LOOKOUT: An outside look at inside art.
Joshua Tree Art Gallery 61607 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
October Artists: Selina Becker, Elisabeth Pollnow & Jaime Schmidt
On view: October 4 – October 31 | 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 Selina Becker, Elisabeth Pollnow and Jaime Schmidt present a mix of figurative and abstract mixed media work created with natural materials and inspired by the natural world.
We aim to catch the eye of a passersby and shift their current outlook to one of inspiration and intrigue. Work will rotate every Sunday and will be on view until October 31.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Selina Becker is an abstract artist whose work explores memory and impermanence. She uses earth plaster, natural pigments from plants and stones, and rust from once discarded objects she clears from the desert to create her work. Like flesh and bones, these natural elements will change with time.
A native Californian, Becker has been strongly magnetized to the desert since early childhood. She looks to the earth and sky, and awaits a vision on darkened inner eyelids.
The Reliquia Futurae series exists somewhere in the ancient future, between the dawn of time and cataclysm. An image made, in conjunction with, and as an ode to, the godliness of nature. These paintings are her love songs.
Elisabeth Pollnow’s art borders between three-dimensional and two-dimensional forms working out themes found in the natural world. Her background of living in remote areas of North Dakota and Alaska gave her a deep sense of connection to nature. After moving to Twentynine Palms in 2014, her work has expanded to explore themes related to the beautiful desert nearby.
“My goal is to find the soul of the materials I’m using, whether bark, clay or palm fronds. Each one has a beautiful story to tell.”
Elisabeth has a BA in art from Evangel University and worked as a graphic designer for 10 years. She has recently done work for the entertainment industry as well as professional contract sculpting on large-scale projects for public monuments within the Los Angeles area. Elisabeth has exhibited in Pasadena, San Fernando, and the Morongo Valley. She is a currently a member of the California Art Club, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and Twentynine Palms Artist Guild.
Jaime Schmidt is an artist, activist, regenerative systems designer and land steward. Their art practice is deeply interwoven with spirituality, land, trauma, and regenerative practices. They attempt to express the need to reconnect with the natural world through material art, space, and social practice. They have created ephemeral land art in Los Padres National Forest (Ojai, CA), Parque Nacional Yendegaia(Chile), and most recently Johnson Valley, CA. Jaime is archived in the Living Legacy Project through the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY and has work in their permanent collection. Jaime has been commissioned for Murals in downtown Buffalo, and has work in multiple private collections in NY and Chile.