“Oxidized” was created during a two-year time frame and entirely from within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert, whose 47,877 square miles of arid rain shadow occupies portions of the states of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.
My inspiration to feature images of oxidized metal followed my desire to display the stark and beautiful remnants of the metals man used during his pursuit of survival within an exceedingly hostile and unforgiving environment. By use of color, tone, shadow, and light, oxidized metal’s splendor and usefulness are accentuated. From helping lonely ranchers eke out an existence in high desert uplands, to being strewn about as junked and destroyed vehicles and abandoned, dilapidated and degraded farming and mining equipment, the period of glory for these metals within the Mojave has passed, now to be remembered only in a discarded state. These metals now act as sentinels to the march of time, slowly losing their original luster, strength, and purpose. Now, marking their current and perhaps final resting places, they rust away, presenting themselves as art impressions until wind-driven sands bury them, rendering them no longer visible to our future descendants.
Progress Gallery in Pomona, CA, featured 20 of my “Oxidized!” images in a solo show during March through August 2020. Also included in this exhibit were six black and white establishing images, depicting locales within the Mojave Desert, and several actual pieces of the oxidized metals that composed the pigment on paper art photographs. In October 2020, “Oxidized!” was featured in Dodho’s Online Magazine and will next be featured in a solo show in the City of Auburn, WA, scheduled for November 2021 through January 2022.