Alexis Pike – Claimed: Landscape

Twenty-three color photographs by Alexis Pike are showing in Berkeley, California. “Claimed: Landscape” can be seen by appointment at the Rosier Gallery through April, 6.

Alexis Pike - A Teton - St. Anthony Idaho - 2005
Alexis Pike, A Teton – St. Anthony Idaho, photograph, 2005.

Anyone that has traveled through rural portions of the American West has spotted these landscape murals at roadside shanties offering goods and services. Most of these scenes were painted by artistically ambitious small business owners or wayward nomads short on cash.

Alexis Pike - Drive-in - Burley Idaho - 2006
Alexis Pike, Drive-in – Burley Idaho, photograph, 2006.

The compositional aesthetic of Pike’s photographs spotlights the interaction of folk artworks and the environments they inhabit. The faded paint and cracked surfaces of these paramnesic murals engage the very real necessities of daily life and business. The layers of paradox embrace the compunctions of moving forward and falling back. More from this series can be viewed at this link.

Alexis Pike - Red Chairs - Bliss Idaho - 2006
Alexis Pike, Red Chairs – Bliss Idaho, photograph, 2006.

Alexis Pike
Claimed: Landscape
7 January – 6 April 2010
Rosier Gallery
Berkeley, CA



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About Scott Lickstein, Look Into My Owl

Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.





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