Brian Gross Fine Art

Lewis deSoto: Appellation Series

Lewis deSoto: Appellation Series

appellation: napa 4, 10.12.07 by lewis desoto

Lewis deSoto

Appellation: Napa 4, 10.12.07, 2007

appellation: napa 2, 05.22.08 by lewis desoto

Lewis deSoto

Appellation: Napa 2, 05.22.08, 2008

Tuesday, July 5, 2011Friday, September 9, 2011


San Francisco, CA USA

Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce the exhibition, Appellation Series, which is an ongoing series of landscape photographs by California artist, Lewis deSoto, opening at One Post Street, San Francisco. In this exhibition, deSoto continues to explore photography’s narrative and perspectival capacities in color photographs documenting the structures of wine-growing regions in California.

DeSoto uses a digital image processor to seamlessly merge together 50 to 200 photographs per image into panoramic landscapes. The works range from sixteen inches high to over eight feet long, mirroring the vast expanses of the West. The medium of photography is used to express the collection of points of view that are assembled in the mind of the viewer. His photographs function outside of single-frame photography and the traditional composition of an image in its unique process of representation.

Appellation recalls early landscape photography of the West with its documentation of vistas and rural areas. DeSoto’s panoramas are sprawling, representing the countryside touched by the hand of man, and nature blotted by modern industrialization. By examining the changes and impact of viticulture on the geography of the region, the works create a dialogue between its natural history and modernity.

DeSoto is the focus of a one-man exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum entitled, Ransom: An Art Installation, on view through December 31, 2011. Works in the exhibition include: commissioned videos, the Mesoamerican collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and CONQUEST, his customized automobile designed as a counterfeit product and based on a 1960s Chrysler that never existed. The physical reinterpretation of the automobile traces deSoto’s lineage back to the Spanish conquistador, using the commercial object as a metaphor for Western colonization. Ransom is a multimedia environment that addresses themes in indigenous culture such as the relationship between victor and vanquished.

Lewis deSoto is also a major installation artist. Large-scale commissions have included: San Francisco International Airport (1998); City of San Jose, Animal Care Center (2004); the upcoming Lake Merritt Estuary project, Oakland, California (with John Roloff); and City of San Francisco, Laguna Honda Hospital History Project (2007).

Born in San Bernardino, California, deSoto received his B.A. in 1978 at the University of California in Riverside, and his M.F.A. at the Claremont Graduate School in 1981. He has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico, and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Bank of America, San Francisco; Des Moines Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Microsoft Corporation, Bellevue, Washington,; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neuberger Berman, New York, San Jose Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. The artist currently lives in Napa, California and is a professor of photography at San Francisco State University.

One Post Street is located at the intersection of Post, Market, and Montgomery Streets, next to the Montgomery BART Station. Lobby hours are Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm.