RAIR | 2017-18
Afton Love | Oakland, CA
Afton Love is a California based artist working across media, including graphite, beeswax, resin, and latex. Known for her large-scale drawings, Love’s works are often commissioned for site specific installation. She is collected widely and has shown internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards including The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation grant, The Santa Fe Art Institute residency, a vermont Studio Center full fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and most recently, completed a year fellowship with Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. Shows in the last year include a two person show at Ell Gallery in San Francisco, a solo show at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, and a group show with Holiday Presents in Los Angeles. Love holds a BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland.
I am interested in exploring the human condition via the natural world. While in residence I hope to find inspiration in the New Mexico desert, where a history of creation and attrition is so openly revealed. My explorations of erosional landscapes and ancient rock formations intend to involve direct interactions, detailed depictions, and sculptural interpretations. Through these various approaches I aim to examine my self/ego grappling with the larger forces of cyclic nature, and our shared cultural psychosis and historical amnesia when it comes to America’s relationship to open spaces. The work serves as an analogy to life in flux- the inevitable ground shifting beneath our feet; and how to look to the earth for answers in dark times.
My practice develops out of an intimate interaction with specific geographic surroundings, and engages the profound yet subtle geologic changes that occur to a landscape through time. This is a show about darkness - the mysteries that lay deep within. Encountering a rock split in the desert. Digging in the earth for clay the color of gold. Playing with a circle of fire. — Afton Love