This weekend we had a great day out at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum. The museum features works of Noah Purifoy (1917–2004), an assemblage sculpture artist who worked in LA and Joshua Tree, California. Recently, LACMA has displayed some of the sculptures as part of a retrospective which brought interest to this body of work (this article by KCET is an interesting read if you want to learn more).
The sculptures are made with (just to scratch the surface) a mix of materials like wooden doors and panels, paper, plumbing equipment, and metal wires. Since the museum is outdoors, there’s is an interesting play happening between the materials and the natural elements. What I found really engrossing (as you can probably tell from some of the photos) is that some of sculptures are framed by others and this creates new narratives. I really liked Jeremy’s photos from this day out – you can really see some details that I missed.
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