Uplifting Tales and Eroded Histories
Richard Turner, Michael Davis, and Paul Harris
Uplifting Tales and Eroded Histories presents a speculative geo-history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. An installation by Southern California artists Richard Turner, Michael Davis, and Paul Harris, this exhibition opens with a free public reception at Angels Gate Cultural Center on Saturday, January 21st from 3 – 5pm.
Inspired by the unsettled geology of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Uplifting Tales and Eroded Histories immerses visitors in a ‘petriverse’ in which rocks are read as history, prophecy, and manifestations of Earth’s creative powers. The first gallery, designed to seem disrupted by a recent landslide, features skewed angles, precarious shelves, vertiginous 3-D images, and a jarring video. The troubled relations and tangled tales of Sapiens and stone it evokes are dramatically contrasted by the contemplative calm of the second gallery, which ushers visitors into a space for rock study and sitting with stones. Informed by an aesthetic of stone appreciation, it fosters affiliations between the deep-time journeys of stones and our short-lived moment on the planet.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance, Los Angeles County Arts & Culture, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.
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