Jake Longstreth

Gallery Affiliations: Gregory Lind Gallery

Region: Pacific Coast

These landscape paintings draw on the topography of Southern California, where I live. They frequently depict the hazy and piercing light that is characteristic of the LA area. Often I will include a parking lot, a tennis court, or some other architectural feature in the landscape. The subject matter of these works is not just the parking lot but the social and natural conditions in which that parking lot exists. I’m exploring a feral, muted sense of the pastoral adjacent to a more fabricated world. Or, as the author D. J. Waldie reminds us in Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, “The grid is the plan above the Earth. It is a compass of possibilities.”