IPP: Opening Reception - Entropia


April 29th, 2017 through July 8th, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29th, from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ENTROPIA: a place where the alchemy of time has transformed the detritus of human productivity into glittering, colorful treasures.  Who would guess that artwork of such exquisite beauty could come from mining the discarded and time-worn cast-offs of Inyo County’s 20th Century Age of Industry?  

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is thrilled to present a joint exhibition of current artwork by Judyth Greenburgh and Charles Milligan. These two Inyo County artists share a fascination with discovering and unveiling the beauty of rusted desert junk.

Judyth Greenburgh is a “feral artist” living in the tiny desert town of Darwin, California in southern Inyo County.  She has successfully made the transition from a corporate advertising art director to a self described “kaleidoscope junkie.”  Judyth sees kaleidoscopes as a metaphor for life and personal transformation. They create for her an infinite world of possibilities. The mirrors inside the kaleidoscopes reflect and project our point of view into something new. Our daily chaos is re-ordered. Judyth makes her kaleidoscopes out of things she finds in the desert surrounding Darwin, a post-apocalyptic landscape studded with mines, abandoned cars, broken glass and old tin can dumps. She enjoys reclaiming what has been abandoned through the transformative process of creating art. According to Judyth, “The alchemy of time has transformed the desert’s trash into treasures. Each one a rusty jewel. It truly is the land of Entropia.” Judyth will be exhibiting an array of whimsical hand-made kaleidoscopes as well as a stunning series of circular aluminum pigment prints capturing in time momentary mandalas as seen through her varied and inventive scopes. 

Bishop native Charles Milligan has been fascinated by rusty metal since he was a child, along with peeling paint and piles of abandoned, aging “things.”  While studying creative photography at CalArts, Charles explored the aesthetics inherent in the concept of “entropy,” photographing various materials in stages of decline.  According to Charles, “I weave together various skillsets from fifty years of experience (art direction, design and color usage, composition, narrative and much more) which are now hardwired into my intuitive sense.”  Charles creates intensely beautiful, dramatic photographic images with the occasional slightly mysterious narrative.  His work encompasses raw “as is” photography, classical abstraction and even deftly collaged images of startling symbolic power.

The artwork of these two Eastside artists, who happen to be very good friends, co-mingle within the gallery installation to offer the viewer an opportunity for a deep and profound gestalt of the beauty inherent in desert transformations. 

The word "entropy" finds its roots in the Greek "entropia," which means "a turning toward" or "transformation."  The Entropia exhibit will be on view from Saturday, April 29th, 2017 through Saturday, July 8th, 2017.  Please join us for our opening reception for the artists from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 29th.  This is a participatory exhibition -- come see the world through Judyth’s kaleidoscopic creations. All of the original kaleidoscopes and photographic prints on view will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are from 11 AM - 3 PM on Saturdays, and by appointment during the week.  

Call or email if you wish to make an appointment: 760.873.3600 or bruce@independentprojectpress.com.

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is located at 186-A Willow Street, just one block east of Main Street, in downtown Bishop. Curated by Bruce & Karen Licher, The Project Room hosts periodic exhibitions of artwork, photography, and installations reflecting the diverse creative talents to be found in the Eastern Sierras.