KP Projects Gallery presents Jeff Soto: Sadlands. The solo exhibition will remain on view through September 30, 2023. 

KP Projects, Jeff Soto

Past, present, and the distant future converge in Jeff Soto’s exploration of Southern California terrain in his new solo exhibition, Sadlands. This is his first exhibition since showing with the gallery in 2015.

KP Projects Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto, Acrylic on panel, The Eye, 36 x 24″

Inspired by nature, Soto forgoes the laws of time, space, as well as material reality. He imagines a place where relics from L.A. and surrounding cities still exist. Amidst dusty sunsets and soft purple hills, expanses of desert sky give glimpses of a physically altered terrain. Here prickly pear patches remain along with adaptable invasive species.

Enormous owls float above freeway lines, while butterflies perch on mutated cacti and saturated triangles point to the stormy sky. The artist plays with themes of Man vs Nature. In addition to spotlighting changing climate, and science fiction, contemporary architectural icons give way to futuristic, site-specific art installations.

About Jeff Soto

Soto is a native Californian with long family ties to the region, and his reverence for the land and lore of his home finds voice through the connections he makes to childhood memories: “Sadlands is the nickname of Brookhurst Park in Anaheim, CA, down the street from where I grew up. This park had a 1970’s playground made to look like a lunar moonscape, complete with cement craters and space age columns. Skateboarders in the 80’s saw it as perfect terrain to skate, and the name Sadlands stuck (a dis to Badlands, another local skatepark). I went to this park as a child and since was fascinated with all things Sci-Fi – I loved it! Most of it still exists to this day. I see it as a creative art installation playground that has evolved through the decades. I saw a similarity with the art installations I was imagining in these paintings.”

On view: September 9 – 30, 2023

What: Sadlands, Jeff Soto
Where: KP Projects, 633 N. La Brea Ave., Suite 104, LA, 90036 (South of Melrose, West side of the street)
When: Running through September 30, 2023

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