Ariana Sturr

"Retreat"
Exhibition at Studio 106 LA. Santa Monica, CA. 2017

"Nest"

25ft x 12ft

Grasses and Twine

Press Release 2017:   



Whether one chooses to live in a city, or is there by circumstances, the need to leave and decompress is felt by all. To retreat and hide from the world is a universal feeling, amplified when living within a city. The social and environmental settings of Los Angeles create a difficult pace of life-- the pressure to be social, network, know everyone and anyone, is often overwhelming. While social pressures may reflect an individual experience, the environmental pressures of city life are evermore present. Constant sounds, smells, traffic, crowds, waiting, and pure distance between sites leads to an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. The combined effects expose themselves in feelings of needing to escape, retreat, unwind, and relax.

Studio 106 LA is pleased to present “Retreat” a solo exhibition by our resident artist Ariana Sturr. The work explores the environmental and social pressures a city creates and the need to escape, retreat, regroup, and reconnect with the natural world. We invite you all to come explore, feel, and decompress.

Gallery View of Retreat

"Nest"

"How to Reconnect?"

"Nest" 

25ft x 12ft

Grasses and Twine

"Stomping"

4ft x 6 ft Cyanotype
10 Min exposure
Joshua Tree, CA

Gallery View of Retreat

"How to Reconnect?"

Series of Large Cyanotypes
10 Min exposures
Natural Spaces of Southern CA

"Standing"

"Jumping"

4ft x 4 ft Cyanotype
10 Min exposure
Topanga Canyon, CA

Reconnecting with Nature

Series of Cyanotypes
10 Min exposures
Natural Spaces of Southern CA

"Rolling"

4ft x 5 ft Cyanotype
10 Min exposure
Kenneth Hahn Park, CA

"Laying"

4ft x 7 ft Cyanotype
10 Min exposure
Joshua Tree, CA

"How to Reconnect?"

Series of Large Cyanotypes
10 Min exposures
Natural Spaces of Southern CA

"Rubbing"

4ft x 6 ft Cyanotype
10 Min exposure
Angeles National Forest
Using Format