Tulare - Jake Longstreth
From 2008 to 2012, often in the dead of summer, American painter Jake Longstreth (born 1977) photographed the dusty, utilitarian Central Valley of California, a severe inland topography formerly occupied by the massive Tulare Lake. With a tonal restraint echoing the style of his own flatly realistic paintings, Longstreth’s photographs capture the hazy, blinding sunlight and muted palette of this region, a topography that has been transformed from a lush, wild terrain—celebrated by John Muir in 1868 as “one smooth, continuous bed of honey-bloom”—into the monotonously fertile industrial farmland it is today. “Millions of people pass over the dry lake-bed in their cars every year, unaware of its previous existence,” Longstreth notes with ambivalent fascination. “A Taco Bell now stands roughly where the shores of Tulare Lake once were.”
Jake Longstreth, born 1977, is an American painter and photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured in Art Forum, Art in America, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Corporate collections such as the Crocker Museum in Sacramento and the Whitney Museum of Art Library have acquired his work. Longstreth is represented by Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco and Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, and his recent shows include Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as A Universalism, an international painting survey at M Woods in Bejing, and Pastures and Parking Lots, a mid-career retrospective at Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida. Tulare is his first photography monograph.