Los Angeles is a centrifugal city, fundamentally American in its tendency toward the periphery. Isolated Houses focuses on the urban sprawls outer frontier. Here, 150 miles outside the city, the built environment comprises a handful of rudimentary structures, isolated cubes at the edge of the infinite plane of the desert. The dwellings that dot the landscape seem temporary and toy-like, but are the center of these photographs, the reason for their being. This work pays homage to those places where nature and culture intersect, and suggests that we all occupy a border zone between the natural and the artificial. John Divolas work is included in the permanent collections of such museums as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. This second printing of Isolated Houses is limited to 1,000 copies, with an introduction by Jan Tumlir.
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