When you hear the word “oasis,” what comes to mind? Bright blue water, ringed with palms, set in a sunbaked desert? The exhibit Oasis looks beyond these surface characteristics, and broadens the definition of oasis to a place of refuge, a way station for travelers, an island of life in the middle of a difficult and dangerous landscape.
In the exhibit, 22 artists use the theme of “oasis” as a point of departure, with artworks that not only fill the Gallery but also spill out into the hidden corners of Descanso, created by artists who specialize in site-specific sculptures and environments. The exhibition includes the work of four prominent Los Angeles poets whose words and ideas leave the printed page and enter into the nooks and crannies of Descanso Gardens itself. Another unique feature of this show is that a number of works represent collaborations of two or more artists.
Oasis opens with an artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Admission to Descanso Gardens is free of charge during this reception. The exhibit is on view Sept. 15 to Dec. 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Monday, when the Gallery is closed.
Oasis is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga. Additional support for Sturt Haaga Gallery exhibitions is provided by Wells Fargo and Richard Carlson and Erin Maclean Culley.
Artwork: Alexandra Wiesenfeld 'Yellow Lake'