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Spray paint, galvanized steel flashing, and zinc plated slotted angles bolted onto door core

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It feels like earthquake weather.104 degrees. Humidity hangs heavy in Los Angeles for days. For Southern California natives,the strange atmosphere awakens an innately felt catastrophic prophecy. No one but God knows exactly when or where the Earth will crack.Earthquake Weather is Drew Van Diest’s first series born after moving from New York to LosAngeles. Galvanized steel panels are bolted in memory of semi-trucks driven by his father-- a working class vocation from which union bargaining and decent wages have mostly evaporated. Spray paint is applied and built up in layers ,each one covered in tape until the entire surface is cocooned. The chrysalis is ripped open deconstructing the paint to reveal gleaming, chromatic forms.Inspired by light and darkness, the works reference his bipolar mind. The work vacillates between mania, depression, euphoria and insanity. In an age of impending apocalypse, our mental health is in crisis. We are overwhelmed with climate neglect, unending wars, social injustice, colonialism, and extreme wealth disparity perpetrated by the United States within itself and around the world.Each day feels like doomsday.

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