New Art: Buildings


On view at Valentine’s in Portland, OR through September. These drawings document the enduring transience of southern California architecture. The dying Valley Plaza strip mall and soon-to-be-demolished North Hollywood May Co. Building are reflective of the iconic San Fernando Valley skyline and the materialistic cultural milieu in which my father grew up and I spent my formative years. Now abandoned, these buildings connote for me a feeling of nostalgia and a vision of progress and change that is unique to our current historical moment. They are, in my mind, post cards from the California of my youth to which I returned in the Summer of ’17, after over a decade living in the Pacific Northwest.