Anyone who follows this site knows that I love the desert, particularly The Salton Sea. There are so many spots to love in The Salton Sea including Bombay Beach, Salton City, Salvation Mountain, The Boiling Mud Pots, but a spot I've really fallen in love with is the artist colony East Jesus. The people there are always inviting and wonderful, the art is truly wonderful, the history is rich. It's a really great place and home to some amazing works of art by Angelina Christina.
Before the summer really hit Angelina and I took our most recent trip together to East Jesus. On our first day we met up with the subject of yesterday's post, Lisa Caraway and her friends in the circus performance troupe Body Strokes. I also got a chance to take some new photographs of some of Angelina's pieces there with the beautiful sunset as backdrop. As night came I sat around creating long exposure night shots of a few of the pieces, particularly concentrating on Angelina's newest creation on Walter The Bus. As I sat there in the peaceful desert air Thomas Sommo of Body Strokes came up to me and asked what I was doing. I explained and his eyes lit up with an idea. He asked me if we could light paint. I had been wanting to experiment more with Light Painting and who better than with a movement specialist.
Thomas and I kept experimenting and eventually were joined by Thomas' troupe mates Randi Southard and Jade White as well as East Jesus resident Eddie Ray Smith. Each of them joined in on the light play as a group and individuals all creating wonderful art in collaboration with the already beautiful work of Angelina. After some time of playing, the group dispersed and I was rejoined by Lisa. Lisa and I made a few more light paintings together including a tribute to East Jesus. It was a magical night.
The next day came, as it tends to do. Angelina and I reconvened to create some art together. We shot footage for some new videos in East Jesus eventually culminating with a new piece done in a few hours in the night, an amazing Bobcat skull on the side of an area called "The Salon". We quickly headed back to LA to return to work on an epic mural in Santa Monica that would take the next two months to complete.
Click the photo below and spend a few days in East Jesus