Clementine Keith-Roach
Ignacio Perez Meruane
Eva Słapa

three new sculptures

March 31 - May 31
Opening Reception: March 31, 3-7p


I'd like to try to speak directly to all of you. Well, as directly as one possibly can. A few months ago my family purchased a cabin in the Desert Heights neighborhood of Twentynine Palms — yes, that's quite close to Joshua Tree. Through this purchase we have befriended our neighbors, Dave Emfinger and Lisa Mercer. Dave and Lisa worked tirelessly, mostly late at night to avoid the extreme weather, to strip the cabin of its previous insides and remake it anew — fresh, crisp, clean. They've done a wonderful job. So wonderful that I am compelled to put something beautiful in it. But not just anything. It has to be something that speaks to the desert. And that's a big job! So I've invited three artists that I admire to each put a single sculpture in the cabin. It's an exhibition. I think, for now, in the spirit of being direct, we'll call it Three New Sculptures.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, the cabin isn't very large. Yet the surrounding landscape feels infinite. There's almost no sense that it ever ends. As a friend once said to me, "the desert only gets deeper." Looking out at it is captivating. My brother and I argued quite a bit about what to call this place. In the end, perhaps because of the view, we decided to call it Menagerie.


Clementine Keith-Roach (b. 1984, London) lives and works between London and Athens. She is both an artist and a set designer, and her practice draws from and blurs these two disciplines. Her sculpture practice begins with a fascination in how objects of use are extensions of the body, and through a range of materials and techniques - such as casting and trompe l’oeil painting - she makes these familiar things strange by revealing their psychic charge. She has a BA in Art History from Bristol University. Her work has been in shown in Athens, London and Los Angeles. Current exhibitions include Interiority at Hunter/Whitfield Gallery in London, and, as a member of The Seeld Library, in storefront: at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Ignacio Perez Meruane is a Chilean artist born in Caracas, Venezuela. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Perez Meruane received a BFA in General Sculptural Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been shown in Santiago, Chile; Marfa, Texas; and Los Angeles. His most recent body of work was shown at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, and an artist's book of his work was published in early 2017 by Colpa Press.

Eva Słapa was born and raised in Poland. She studied Literature and Art at Kraków University. Upon moving to United States, she continued her study in Photography and Sculpture. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California, Irvine.


Cholla Chandelier (organic architecture) Ignacio Perez-Meruane
Fused Glass, Copper, Found objects

Eva Słapa
Coal, Urethane Resin, Marble

Clementine Keith-Roach
Hydrocal Plaster, LaHabra stucco colour finish in Adobe