Play: yahtz-idency

Posted: February 14th, 2024 | Author: | Filed under: desert, exchange, games, neighborhood, residency, spring, works in progress | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
photo credit: Margaret Lee

Saturday, February 3rd was the inaugural yahtzidency at Sun Spot at Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley. We played with handmade ceramic cups and dice and a scoresheet designed by hand. I am taking applications for new yahtzidents! If you are interested in becoming playing with me, please see the open call here.

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Stewarding: Sun Spot

Posted: September 30th, 2023 | Author: | Filed under: desert, exchange, money, portals | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I am so excited to share a new adventure in economic research and community. I am delighted to share in the role in taking over Sun Spot, a cooperative local artist shop at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley open on Saturdays from 9a-1pm. Elena Yu created and founded the project in 2022 and I participated as a member artist.

This year, I am looking forward to building upon previous experience with artist-and-alternative economies as well as learning about desert weekend marketplace exchanges. The site is a hub for bargain hunters and desert conversationalists alike.

I am working alongside the amazing fellow desert artist, Jillian Sandell, as Sun Spot’s co-stewards for this season. We are doing our best to learn alongside Elena’s vision and the current artist members experiences as we manifest a marketplace for artists that stands proudly outside of grind culture and wealthy patronage which often persists in popular imaginations of artist offerings.

Sun Spot offers a hub for shopping for artist’s local and experimental works as well as workshops and performative engagements during the shop’s Saturday hours. Please stay tuned to the project’s instagram account for the latest in workshop offerings.


Exhibition: Imaginary Landscapes

Posted: April 8th, 2023 | Author: | Filed under: exhibition, watercolor | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Decision Days 797-814

Four of my paintings are up and available at Compound Yucca Valley Gallery through June 4th. Each is a watercolor on paper mounted on MDF which I custom cut with a jigsaw to match edges. The forms oscillate between landscape and object, challenging the flatness of an image surface with their substantial mounting as sculptural portal. The group show was co-curated by Caroline Partamian and Lara Wilson.

Imaginary Landscapes

Joshua Almendinger, Mary Jeys Amy Kim Keeler Tynan Kerr, Allegra Pacheco, and Emily Silver.

Compound Yucca Valley is at 55372 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA

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One Year: In the Desert

Posted: September 23rd, 2022 | Author: | Filed under: A Year, aspirations, Updates, works in progress | Tags: , , | No Comments »

September of 2021

We moved again.

I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of my first year in the wildly freeing and welcoming place I have been treating as a self-made artist residency and new home.

Hello from “other desert cities”

The high desert which includes Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Landers, Yucca Valley, 29 Palms and Wonder Valley is an area indicated on a highway sign on I-10 as “other Desert Cities”. I first came here with friends in 2019. After the pandemic insisted road trip escapes only, Hashem and I visited here and agreed it was special and inviting. Over the summer of 2021, we took the plunge to make this “other” rural desert our home.

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