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Every morning, Mike Brodie’s neighbor wanders over in a golf cart outside of Brodie’s single wide trailer to talk, and to fill him in on the upcoming days’ work. With his inability to physically walk, he honks, and waits patiently for Brodie to emerge. A diesel mechanic by trade, Brodie regularly assists this Winnemucca, Nevada native in fixing an array of aging heavy equipment and pick-up trucks that keep his drilling company afloat. “Sometimes Joe just rambles on and on and on, but I just listen,” Brodie tells me. “It’s a good relationship for me. He's been drilling water wells for 54 years. He's 80 years old. I keep his stuff running and he lets me borrow equipment and photograph anything I want.”
Brodie is fascinated by work, and is equally fascinated by photographing that work. "I couldn't do this at my old jobs," he says. "I couldn't photograph the work I was doing, I couldn't leave town, I couldn't ride freight trains, I was just a worker bee, trapped within a big business management structure that would not allow me to be creative or explore the world the way I wanted. Now I just barter. I trade. I like building community through sharing and helping out my friends." A 10-minute ride down into the valley of Pershing County, Brodie is putting this idea into practice, borrowing his neighbors’ backhoe, boom truck, and forklift to build a house on 20 acres of land he bought a year ago. He has chosen to build his home from the ground up alongside his wife, Celeste, a challenging and ambitious endeavor they both regard in a nonchalant and lighthearted manner. The land is raw, littered with sagebrush, rocky soil, ground nesting birds and silence. A stream can be heard nearby, mountains flanked on either side, and once in awhile in the far distance you can hear the faint sound of Union Pacific engines passing through as they make their way to Elko or Reno. Brodie loves it here, as does his wife, who works as a conductor on those railroad engines.
Brodies’ passion, curiosity, and appetite for creating images that are equally relevant and meaningful to his life are evident. Newly processed negatives are meticulously scrutinized over and over again. The photographs being displayed for this exhibit are provisional. It is current, but only acts as a prelude to the extensive long-term project Brodie has been working on that will span many years to come.
- Austin McManus
Mike Brodie has held solo exhibitions at Yossi Milo (NY), M+B (LA), Stephen Wirtz, Gallerie (SF) Les Filles Du Calvaire (Paris), and Needles and Pens (SF).
His work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive.
Brodie has been featured in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, DAZED, American Photo Magazine, The Fader and many more publications. Two books, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity and Tones of Dirt and Bone, have been published of Mike Brodie’s work through Twin Palms Publishing. Brodie was born in Arizona in 1985 and currently lives and works in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Grady Gordon transcends to his native state of New Mexico in order to re-imagine the geography, fauna, flora and iconography of his childhood in a new exhibition entitled, If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You, inside Public Land Gallery. Detouring completely from his usual subject matter, the Oakland-based artist has created an entirely new body of work for this exhibition, employing his skills in both monotype printing and sculpture. “I was channeling a lot from what I saw as a kid exploring the desert, collecting objects and bringing them home to stack or assemble,” Grady explains. Using New Mexico as his muse, Grady sought to re-create snapshots of his memory, while exploring the consistent shapes and textures found in this arresting Southwestern region. When asked about the usage of snakes throughout many of the works, Grady explained, “I have always had a kinship and love towards snakes. The title of the exhibition is a saying I would hear [often] as a child. A saying many people would utter.”
Born in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Grady Gordon is an artist and teacher who resides in Oakland, CA, and has received a BFA from CCA. His previous showings include Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, Flatcolor Gallery in Portland, Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles and more.
If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You will be on view at Public Land Gallery from March 30th – April 17th, 2019. There will also be a zine published in conjunction with this exhibition and available for purchase. For price and availability inquiries, please email email@example.com
Install and exhibition photographs from Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean’s art exhibition “Listen Close” at Public Land in Sacramento.
Artists Cosmo Dean and Trevor Wheatley create Listen Closely, an instillation on view inside Public Land Gallery in Sacramento, CA. Based in Toronto, Canada, the two have produced works for companies such as Nike, Stussy, Topshop, Converse, Nordstrom and OVO.
Motivated by one of those often overlooked LED signs perched atop church lawns, the two found inspiration for the chandelier instillation in one of these scrolling messages which read “bad news is time flies, good news is you’re the pilot.” The partners were amused that this was the message the church used to advertise its service, but also thought it would make a nice text piece. “Simple and positive, a call to enjoy the moment” says Wheatley, a concept he notes that is often lost by our tech-driven generation. Though simple in message, the instillation is striking, and the work and precision of Dean and Wheatley’s pieces can easily be seen and admired. From concept to execution, it is no surprise that the two are called upon by business giants for commercial employment, as their creations leave a lasting imprint on the minds of their viewers.
While the chandeliers will be available for viewing purposes only (e.g. not for sale), Dean and Wheatley have chosen to offer a photographic print of a previous work entitled “Shrug.” This piece was erected and photographed on land outside of Joshua Tree, CA and will be for sale through Public Land store and online. 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales will be apportioned and donated to the California Native Plant Society and the Mojave Land Trust in order to further support their efforts of environmental conservation and education. Both are non-profit organizations.
Listen Close will be on view inside Public Land Gallery from January 19th- March 11th 2019. The “Shrug” print will also be available in store and online throughout the exhibition’s duration. For inquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information in regards to the artists and the organizations:
Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean - http://www.tfdean.com/
California Native Plant Society - https://www.cnps.org/
Mojave land Trust - https://www.mdlt.org/
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