Preview: Bobby Furst’s Desert Art Raises the Heat at La Luz de Jesus

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Joshua Tree-based artist Bobby Furst  has been creating assemblage since he was little boy growing up in Laurel Canyon. Decades later, after meeting George Herms, Furst brought a portfolio of his own work to Santa Monica College of Design Art and Architecture’s administration on the first day of classes, and was admitted into Herm’s class. He spent the next year and a half, ten hours a day, seven days a week creating art at his studio space at the school.

The time between childhood and his 1998 admission into Herm’s class were taken up with photographing musicians and concerts, street people in Hollywood and Venice Beach, and traveling to Mata Ortiz, Mexico for a month to document the now-famous potter Juan Quezada  (in the late nineties those photographs accompanied a retrospective of  Quezada ‘s work at the Museum of Man in San Diego, California).

Furst moved to Joshua Tree and continued his assemblage work, building artwork that allows us to see the familiar in ways, and carry these new perceptions of social, political and environmental realities into our everyday  lives.

Furst’s show at La Luz de Jesus, “Don’t Push Me,” opening June 7, is curated by La Luz de Jesus founder Billy Shire and features twenty-five pieces.   We’re giving you a taste with a photo tour of his studio. You can view all the works at this link.

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Furst with Tone Piece #1

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Love Hurts

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Motorcycle

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Arouse Me Doorbell

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SMCDAA

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Homage to Picasso

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Flower Power Man

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Self-Portrait

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Prop 187

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Mobil Man

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Flip Your Wig

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Forbidden Utterances Racially Sordid Terminology (Parts of a Whole). This will be available as a print.

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View from Furst’s studio.

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photos: Lee Joseph

2 Comments

  1. Beth
    June 12, 2013

    How fun was that scroll through of your art exhibit!!! And,,, The view from Furst’s Studio… is breath taking!!!
    Beth

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    • Colm
      September 27, 2014

      i sincerely hope that you didnt burn out that legendary RD 350 ypvs motorcycle …..

      Reply

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