True World Gallery Presents:
Brian Leatart and Lily Stockman
Artists' Reception - Saturday, May 8th 7pm to 10pm
With music by The Sibleys in the Starlite Courtyard
61740 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree
Our last show before summer hiatus features new work by two local artists which explores the ephemeral nature of structures, memories and life in the desert.
Brian Leatart is a professional photographer specializing in food and travel. His work has appeared on more than 120 covers of Bon Appetit, and numerous publications including Los Angeles Magazine, Esquire, In Style, Time Inc., and books such as Wolfgang Puck's Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, Julia Childs', The Way to Cook, The Bel-Air Book of Southern California Food and Entertaining, Elegantly Easy Crème Brulèe, The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook, The California Pizza Kitchen Pasta Cookbook, Nestlè Holiday Entertaining, The Quick Grill Artist, and numerous editions of Best of Bon Appetit. In this show, he explores the theme of disintegration through vision and memory in haunting black and white double exposure prints.
Lily Stockman graduated from Harvard's Visual and Environmental Studies Department with a summa cum laude thesis in painting. In 2004 she spent five months studying traditional Buddhist thangka painting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and returned after graduation with a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council to mount a cross-country horse trek documenting nomadic steppe culture. This adventure led to a position on the assignment desk of ABC news in New York City. She now lives and paints in Joshua Tree, CA with her husband and two dogs. A painting residency will take her to India in the coming year.
The abandoned homesteads which are the subject of this collection of paintings have become a metaphor for her experience as an outsider in a strange land. They are also emblems of the mythology of the West, Manifest Destiny, and the strange melding of physical and psychological landscape that happens in the desert. The homesteads are appealing subjects not only for their simple geometric forms, but also because of the stories implied by their vacancy.