L.A.-based artist featured at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum

Los Angeles-based artist Jake Longstreth will open an exhibit titled “Pastures and Parking Lots: Outtakes and Other Rarities,2003-2016” during an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum.


Longstreth draws inspiration from the “non-place of American capitalism,” including video stores, fast-casual diningestablishments, big box retailers and parking lots, along with the atmospheric Southern Californian landscape.

Longstreth will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Friday in the college’s “Jay’s Place” of the Ringhaver Student Center, and areception in the museum will follow, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The works on view will emphasize Longstreth’s visionary treatment of the Southern Californian landscape. These paintingsoffer a subjective, inner perspective that has been an understated, yet consistent theme throughout the artists’ career.

One gallery will be dedicated to the artist’s architectural, realist body of work, dating from 2003 to roughly 2012. Paintingssuch as “Don Juan O’Hanohans,” from 2012, depict a side of a non-descript building with a pink awning, a slice of parkinglot, a bit of background foliage and the artist’s signature hazy, ombre sky — one of the familiar yet impersonal spaces of ourbuilt landscape that we experience daily.

In another gallery, Longstreth’s “visionary landscapes” will be on display. In works such as “Primordial Valley I and II” and“Pastures,” the architectural details give way to expressionistic renderings, low horizons and atmospheric sky, a brightly colored cloud or frond placed here or there.

These two groups of work are not entirely distinct. An undercurrent throughout uncover the artist’s attentiveness andevocation to both the built and natural landscapes, and how those two entities interact with one another in both fictionalizedand realistic space.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 25.

For information, call 826-8530 or go to flagler.edu/crispellert.