Karen Lee Williams
Portuguese Bend
August 5 - 27, 2017

Opening: Saturday, August 5th, 7-9pm

Monte Vista Projects is pleased to announce Portuguese Bend, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Karen Lee Williams.

Lee Williams presents an installation of new sculptures inspired by Portuguese Bend, a stretch of road on the Palos Verdes peninsula in southern Los Angeles County. Early developers in the area partially caused the slow moving landslide that has since required the road to be repaved every few months. Much of the time, the peninsula is shrouded in marine layer with walls and hedges further veiling terraced gardens and tennis courts. The nearest freeway is 45 minutes away. This natural and manmade seclusion make the area an attractive destination for suicides, ghost stories, and increasingly violent turf battles between local surfers and visitors. Rather than constructing a documentary portrait of a place, Lee Williams draws on the geological and folk history of this quintessentially California site, where the sublime surface of things overlays something more hostile, to create mixed media sculptures that excavate the metaphorical power of a place defined by both science and myth.


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