Monte Vista Projects: Spectacular Subdivision
curated by Jay Lizo
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, April 4-6, 2014, 10am-6pm

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, April 4-6, 2014, 10am-6pm
Two sites in Wonder Valley, CA
Site 1: 79017 El Paseo Drive, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Site 2: Ironage Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 4
           8pm – Short Sale by Dick Hebdige at El Paseo Ranch
Saturday, April 5
           10am-6pm – SHU by Anastasia Hill at Ironage Road
           1pm – Berlin Open House by Annette Barz at El Paseo Ranch
           10pm – Every New Home: A Ghost by James Cathey at El Paseo Ranch

High Desert Test Sites, Monte Vista Projects, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) present Spectacular Subdivision, a group project curated by Jay Lizo. This three-day exhibition invites artists to reflect on questions of housing and real estate in the aftermath of the 2008 housing market crisis. What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? How has the mortgage meltdown affected artists? How have forms of domesticity and shelter shaped artists' practices?

Spectacular Subdivision stems from the many conversations Jay had with other artists about purchasing a home. These conversations, ranging from the various types of paints used for interiors, to how to expand a house to incorporate a studio, and how to find balance between a living and working space, were simultaneously banal and fantastical. The project both engages and mimics the logic of real estate development as it has played out in the years since settlement began on the edges of habitable space across the Californian desert, e.g. California City in Kern County and Salton City, the failed resort adjacent to the Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley. The call invites participating artists to explore their personal fantasies in tandem with that (il)logic.

The project takes place over one weekend at two sites in Wonder Valley, California, on the fringes of the high desert. Large-scale sculptures are installed in a cul-de-sac formation at the remote, undeveloped Ironage Road parcelAdditional works are on view at El Paseo Ranch, a rental cabin owned by the Sibley Family.

Participating artists include: Matt Allison, Katie Allison, Yuki Ando, Nicole Antebi, Annette Barz, Lara Bank, Allison Danielle Behrstock, James Cathey, Frank Chang, Chelsea Dean, Michael Dodge, Rebecca Bennett Duke, Ken Ehrlich, Patrick Gilbert, Joe Goode, Jenalee Harmon, Anastasia Hill, Dick Hebdige, Oliver Hess, Oree Holban, Olga Koumoundouros, Norm Laich, Jay Lizo, Candice Lin, Clare Little, Justin Lowman, Ben Lord, Nuttaphol Ma, Patrick Melroy, Anna Mayer, Megan Mueller, Ruchama Noorda, Noah Peffer, Nikki Pressley, Ben Pruskin, Nate Page, Carl Pomposelli, Colin Roberts, Marco Rios, Amy Russell, Sam Scharf, Ryan Taber, Emily Thomas, Matthew Usinowicz, Jesse Wilson, and Kim Yasuda.

About Monte Vista Projects:
Monte Vista Projects is an artist-run space in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Since July 2007, Monte Vista Projects has hosted exhibitions, lectures, events, and performances. The space is self-determining—there is no "manifesto"—but the general aim is to provide a platform for art and conversation in Los Angeles, emphasizing experimentation and artworks that contribute to non-traditional dialogues.

About UCIRA:
The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts is a statewide program dedicated to supporting and promoting arts practice and research across the University of California system. 

Full Moon Ramen at Secret Restaurant
Bob Dornberger & Jim Piatt
Saturday, March 15, 6-10pm


HDTS is eager to welcome Secret Restaurant's newest iteration, Full Moon Ramen: a one night event that will feature a menu of Japanese ramen noodles, to be eaten under the light of a full moon in the desert night. Join us at Secret Restaurant, notoriously difficult to find, but well worth the hunt. Located in an area of wide-open desert just east of Iron Age Road in Wonder Valley, Full Moon Ramen will be open for one night only, Saturday, March 15th, and will be the site of a hybrid event of sculpture, food, and performance.

Secret Restaurant by Bob Dornberger and Jim Piatt is an experimental, irregularly scheduled, and impossibly small underground 'restaurant' that explores current trends in the underground food movement in the US. Billed as the world’s tiniest restaurant, it is only 16 square feet. Drawing inspiration from ‘secret’ menu items, underground dinner clubs (like Wolvesmouth and the invitation-only Totoraku), and the work of Rirkrit Tiravanija, the project speaks to what Mission Street Food’s Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz called the “sportification of food.”

The project aims to be aggressively marketed, but at the same time difficult to get to, to find, and to see on any satellite maps. Neither is it a comfortable situation for the diners or the cook--there are no chairs or tables to sit at, and the cook prepares food in a small bunker-like steel building. There is a gold-leafed dining room, but with only the barest hint at a structure, so as not to appear on satellite imagery.

Secret Restaurant debuted at HDTS 2013, when it served up gourmet fare to over 150 diners, and was featured in Palm Springs Life, LA Weekly, and on the Huffington Post.
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Shari Elf of Art Queen donates a portion of Sales of Don Shreves' work to HDTS
January 21–26, 2014

417 Don Shreves, Self Portrait of the Artist in Striped Shirt

Our friend Shari Elf, creator of the World Famous Crochet Museum and co-founder of Art Queen, has been asked by the brother of Don Shreves, 97 year old Joshua Tree resident, Rollie, to auction off the 230 paintings he inherited and which he had been storing in his Joshua Tree basement.

Since December, Shari has been auctioning off a selection of Shreves' paintings on eBay each week, and donating a portion of the proceeds to a local nonprofit.  We are honored to have been selected this week! 

VIEW THIS WEEK'S AUCTIONS  - auctions end on Sunday, January 26, 2014, and 10% of the sales this week will be donated to HDTS! 

About Don Shreves:

Don Shreves, WWII veteran, was born on June 15, 1918 and died of pneumonia on August 28, 1983 at age 75. He was paralyzed from the waist down after complications from a spinal tap operation when he was in his 20's and in the military. He remained paraplegic for the rest of his life. He fought for 2 years and finally received a settlement from the military which enabled him to buy a nice house in Silverlake, California, overlooking the reservoir. He was able to paint for his own pleasure for the rest of his life. He didn't like to sell his paintings but he did love entering them in competitions and won many awards, which you can see along with the paintings on Shari's website.

Because Shreves did not like to sell his works, he is not a listed artist and therefore none of the auction houses Shari contacted were interested in taking the work. She showed the paintings at Art Queen gallery in Joshua Tree, California for most of 2012.

Check out all 230 paintings and learn more about Don Shreves!

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050
Karen Lofgren
january 11, 2014


Please join us Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Andy's Gamma Gulch for the debut of Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050, a new project by Los Angeles-based sculptor Karen Lofgren, followed by a book signing at the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree.

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050 is a work permanently buried and positioned to associate with archaeo-astronomical constellations visible in both the distant past and far future as we rotate on earth's axis. It is shrouded and accompanied by the earthly goods needed to guide it through the ages. Placing contemporary cultural objects in a broader history of the world, it uses extensive research and our moving stars as a guide. Giving life to the unseen object and process, an editioned artist publication encapsulates the work for consideration in the present.

The project is organized and presented by High Desert Test Sites. Contributors to the publication include designer, Willem Henri Lucas; with writing by Ben Ehrenreich; ancient language translations by Jacob Hobson; and photographs by Robert Crouch.

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050 is made possible by the generous support of The Ranch Projects, West of Rome Public Art, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Royale Projects Contemporary Art.

Special thanks to our installation volunteers: Bob Dornberger, Lucas Wrench, Andrea Brown, Tim Chinnock, Faith Chinnock, Robert Crouch, Chris Oliveria, Chelsey Holland, & Christopher Wormald.

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1–4 pm
Andy's Gamma Gulch
Pioneertown, California

Book Signing:
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 4–6 pm
Joshua Tree, California

High Desert Test Sites: 2013 and Beyond

414 Pascual Sisto & Joey Jensen, Sighting (photo: Natasha Peterson)2013 was a groundbreaking year for High Desert Test Sites - highlights included achieving our long awaited 501c3 non-profit status, expanding our growing team of amazing staff and volunteers, the creation of our desert re