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Spot Photo Works: Living among the growers

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Opening Reception: Saturday March 7 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm While living among the cannabis growers of Northern California for a year, photographer H. Lee documented both a clandestine way of life and the process of cultivation in all its stages, culminating in the publication of her 2014 book, Grassland.  Spot Photo Works is pleased to present the first West Coast exhibition of Grassland, opening on March 7, 2015 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm, and continuing through April 28, 2015. Aside from the broad appeal of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes, Grassland is an essential California story – not so unlike the popular farm-to-table stories of Sonoma and Napa valleys.  The one chief difference has been the volatile legal status of the crop and H. Lee’s document, photographed between 2010 and 2013, catches the last days of pot farming at its most secretive. With historic changes regarding the acceptance of marijuana settling into American society, a fundamental shift is in motion between those who seek to keep it illegal, and the overwhelming populist appeal for legal reform.  For decades, farmers in Northern California have quietly operated, hiding their gardens from law enforcement.  As new legal markets have begun to emerge, marijuana agriculture is moving into plain view.  Grassland offered an intimate view of...

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From the Edge / Bill Dixon

Steve Poleskie/Then and Now by Admin | Nov 1, 2016 | Columns, FEATURE, Then and Now / Steve Poleskie | 0 CommentsSuch was the technology of the 1960s, perhaps carried over from the 1860s when the structure was first built. It wasn’t all that bad though. The building, 76 Jefferson, became so popular as a residence for artists that in 1972 the Museum of Modern Art mounted a show of all the people of note that had had studios there. I was included as well as many of the screen prints we had created and the Paris Review poster series which we also printed. Then and Now/Steve Poleskie by Admin | Sep 1, 2016 | Art, Literary, Then and Now / Steve Poleskie | 2 CommentsElaine de Kooning and Steve Poleskie, photo by Eddie Johnson Remembering Elaine de Kooning at Chiron Press   by Steve Poleskie Contributing Columnist The Denver Art Museum is currently holding an exhibition titled “Women of Abstract Expressionism.” It will be up... From the Edge/Bill Dixon by Admin | Sep 1, 2016 | Bill Dixon's From the Edge, Columns | 0 CommentsI took the High Street bus to a campus bar near my apartment, washed my hands thoroughly, and ordered a cold bottle of beer. I told the bartender, Harry, I’d just gotten out of prison. He asked me if they offered to let me...

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