Based in the history of pastoral California landscape painting, but injected with remains of the regions complicated military history, the paintings imagine the decommissioned bunkers further dissolution into the landscape and highlight their isolated and largely forgotten past. My further interest in them is their former function as observation outposts: always on guard, looking out for a threat that never came. As objects of protection and defense they also carry the weight of militaristic control. For me, along with those dialogues, they are a metaphor for the artist – an active but stationary observer.
The titles of the paintings are derived from the acronyms given the structures based on their locations. For example "BES,FB-SG, BC B1" stands for "Base End Station, Fort Barry, South Gate". The letters following designate the structures position as a point of triangulation with other like stations.
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