In 1989, Noah Purifoy moved from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree, California. For 13 years, he filled the 10 acres of his high desert landscape with an environment of over 100 Assemblage sculptures that synthesized concerns of his life. Little did he know he would also provide the most epic set for ThreadSence’s spring lookbook shoot.
“I hope my work provides information for a person to do today what they couldn’t do yesterday no matter what it is. That’s art. That’s the fundamental creative process and it’s something that changes people and empowers them.” – Noah Purifoy
You wouldn’t believe all the stuff he fit in here…(that’s what she said?)
So hipster and indie that we record songs on this thing.
The White House: 1990 – 1993 (shown in series above)
“This piece is a good example of Noah’s concept of an individual work acting as an outdoor museum with rotating exhibitions or a sculpture within a sculpture. Although the piece was completed over a 3-year period, it continues to be a work in progress with the separate elements subject to being moved, altered or replaced.
Originally the piece was entitled The Castle but a viewer named it The White House and the name stayed. Noah has always been rather ambivalent about naming his pieces, not wanting to influence the viewer. While the title for this piece is highly charged with obvious reference, there is, in fact, no political statement being made.“
Too much television? Nahhh.
The Kirby Express: 1995 – 1996
“This piece consists of beer cans, a baby carriage, smudge pot and swamp cooler all mounted on bicycle wheels and affixed to a make-shift railroad track. There is humor, irony and poetry expressed in this piece. The railroad of long ago stood as a symbol of hope and progress for the well-to do, built by the poor who saw their creation more emblematic of lost property and lost dreams. It is a piece of sculpture truly of as well as in the environment.”
Shelter: 1992 – 1993
“Shelter was built from the wood salvaged from a neighbor’s house in the desert that burned down. Some of Noah’s interest in environmental sculpture is the ability to utilize materials available in his surroundings.
Although Noah will often claim that his work does not have political intent, clearly this piece makes a strong and poignant statement. As a social worker in the ’80s Noah was deeply affected by the poor and mentally ill members of society being cast out from mental hospitals and onto the city streets. Shelter is set up so that the viewer can walk through the structure. Its multiple layers of colorful clothing give the place its trashy look and provides a beautiful metaphor for the social conditions of the poor.”
Whether this is Bowling Balls I, II or III…we’re not sure. but it’s awesome.
More bowling balls. More awesome.
The hipster fixie seesaw.
Creeps to the max.
Still more behind the sences coming.