Roberta Smith of The New York Times stated that Downer “replicates, or more accurately, expands upon existing maps to a highly refined degree…. the best of them fuse beauty and fact with dazzling efficiency.” Thelma Golden, formerly of The Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, stated that “when looked at close up, [it] really begins to show his interest in abstract painting technique; whereas moving far away from it, you see his interest in topographical photography. It’s a real combination… an artist working with a lot of influences in a very interesting way.”
ARTIST: STEVE RIEMAN
JT-GOCA’s ABSTRACTED DIRECTIONS exhibition will also feature never-before publicly available sculptures from the late artist, Steve Rieman’s, personal collection. Best known for his grandiose kinetic sculptures adorning prominent public gathering places throughout Southern California, Rieman’s sculptures bring a sense of awe and grace, many with their ever-changing movements from the forces of Earth around us. As Gapser Patrico once eloquently stated, Rieman was a “gentle-giant poet who wrote in steel, stone and wind,” and each one of his works inspired by the harsh desert landscape is about finding balance and harmony between advancing technology and the preservation of the natural environment. “In my search for the means to visually communicate my feelings, I combine methods, materials and ideas that express varying contrasts and relationships within my kinetic sculptures. My goal is to create a delicate balance, between competing influences, promising an ever- changing condition,” stated Rieman.
Considered one of the finest exhibition spaces in California, the cutting-edge Joshua Tree Gallery of Contemporary Art is located in the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new and expansive Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center. It recently opened an additional gallery wing and bookstore featuring unique tomes from around the world and artworks from Joshua Tree-based artisans. This new art complex is located at 58325 Highway 62, Yucca Valley – two minutes away from the Cultural Center’s main facilities in downtown Joshua Tree. The gallery’s scheduled hours and days of operation, art panels, and other special events are on its website, www.jtgoca.com. Private showings available by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 760.853.5003. JT-GOCA is an innovative partnership between multi-national art gallery, ARTCO, and Hi-Desert Cultural Center, the regional arts organization for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.