Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Searching for Noah Purifoy

Noah Purifoy lived in Joshua Tree, CA. He was an internationally renowned artist, sculptor and poet who died in 2004 at the age of 87. His property contains over 100 assemblages and sculptures made from scrap and trash.
Just my kind of guy.
I've wanted to see his art for years and finally after emailing the Purifoy Foundation in Los Angeles, making an appointment and getting directions we were on our way.
We were coming from Arizona and had driven hundreds of miles, finding our way through a labyrinth of dirt roads, the sky spitting snow when we finally found Mr. Purfoy's road.
We were within one mile of his place for our self-guided tour when we hit a patch of sand. Our RV sank and we sat in the middle of a vast desert unable to go any further.
We managed to get the rig out of the sand but realized we had to turn back.
Mr. Purifoy loved to toy with people, test their notions of what art is and can be, challenge people to question everything.
Ok, consider us toyed with. But we'll try again...


Anonymous said...

I think we can get there next month if we spend the day tamping down the sand. Hummmm. Maybe we can rent a jeep in town. Or have Sol and family meet us there for a day of art.


CJGallegos said...

Maybe we can take a load of asphalt in and pave the road?!

smartz said...

Maybe you get a team of sled dogs and mush in!

CJGallegos said...

Tai, if it weren't for the squads of roaming pit bulls we would have done exactly that.

Simple Recipes said...

where is your adventure??? when have squads of roaming pit bulls ever stopped you???:)

AMGallegos said...

You should get an ass!