Radio Waves daily blog by Two Dollar Radio indie book publisher


Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada



Noah Purifoy on Two Dollar Radio's Radio Waves blog

Noah Purifoy gained recognition in the wake of the Watts Riots of 1965, when he wandered with musician Judson Powell the streets of their neighborhood, gathering detritus from the violence, some of it identifiable, others not. He then assembled these artifacts into impactful paintings, collages, and sculptures that resonates especially when considering their source.

Noah Purifoy on Two Dollar Radio's Radio Waves blogAccording to this profile in the Los Angeles Times, the riots were a tipping point for Purifoy, socially and as an artist: [Before the Watts Riots] "I had a beret and all. I ate cheese and drank wine. But I wasn't an artist yet until Watts. That made me an artist."

Similar to Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas, seeking more space and solitude, Purifoy moved to Joshua Tree in the '80s, where, according to the Los Angeles Times, he "cover[ed] 10 acres of desert in oversized assemblages crafted from washing machines and car grills." Photographs of a couple of these sculptures are mounted on walls for the exhibit, perhaps as large as life-size.

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus is the only venue outside of Los Angeles to host the Noah Purifoy 'Junk Dada' exhibit. The opening was last Friday night and the exhibit runs through April 10. Check it out!

Noah Purifoy on Two Dollar Radio's Radio Waves blog

Posted by Eric Obenauf on 01 February, 2016 Junk Dada, Noah Purifoy | 0 comments
Previous post Next Post

Comments

Let us know what you think here:


Radio Waves daily blog by Two Dollar Radio indie book publisher

Latest posts

  • The Death-Rattle of Culture | 1/13/16

    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” - 1984 Barack Obama had us in tears this week with his farewell speech. The Trump presidency is closer than ever before. It may just be... Read more →

  • Design of the Week | The Wailing

    Two of my good friends have been raving about The Wailing for months. I guess I never dove in because the movie wasn't streaming anywhere (I missed it in theaters) and I couldn't find the time to take in the nearly three hour... Read more →

  • The Wire | Black Hole

    Snippet from Charles Burns' seminal work, Black Hole. This graphic novel, published in 2005, has been called "one of the great works in any medium about teenage alienation." Check out the text from one of my favorite frames: "I try... Read more →