July 2014

America's Least Livable City

California's Yuba City is in Sutter County, adjacent to the Buttes in the Sacramento Valley. Its "twin city" Marysville is just across the Feather River, in Yuba County. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by…

America's Least Livable City

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

A wry homage to the Wacky Packages once sold at Wilbur's convenience store. The stench of Del Monte's peach cannery was once a seasonal fixture in Yuba City. That cannery is gone and Pittsburgh is now home to the corporation's eastern HQ. Pittsburgh…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About Marysville's Bomb Day tradition, with closeups of local and imported explosives (hand crafted and detonated with permission from the local fire department). Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Lit…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

A myth-busting quotation about race relations in California from the excellent "Marysville's Chinatown," by Lawrence Tom. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

"Ishi" is the Yana word for "grown man," and is how the last of the Deer Creek Indians came to be called by whites, though it was not his given name. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

Books about the region, candy from Wilbur's, local peaches, reproduction fruit crate. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

Two convenience stores, a block apart, each retaining a unique character over many decades. And a fenced in slough: once a defacto greenspace for neighborhood children and illegal dumping. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exh…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About the orchards, the early immigrants, and asking permission to photograph strangers. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About Marysville's Silver Dollar Saloon, Juan Corona, the Clampers, The Bok Kai Temple, civic participation, cultural pride, and boredom. Marysville and Yuba City are "twin cities" separated by a river. Culturally and economically very distinct, yet…

America's Least Livable City

News clippings about the current drought, California Chrome, the future of the Bok Kai Parade, and more. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

Leaving Marysville. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (video room)

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City

Something of a temple entrance. Beyond the curtain is a video mashup of contemporary and historic footage of Marysville's Bok Kai temple, Yuba City's Nagar Kirtan, its Highway Chickens, and its links to the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and other man made envir…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

A diminutive tribute to Pittsburgh native Mel Bochner's "Measurements" (R), and enlargements of news clippings (L) from 1985, the year Rand McNally selected Pittsburgh, PA as "America's Most Livable City," while the artist's home town came in dead la…

America's Least Livable City

Reconstruction of a sign greeting dust bowl refugees in the 1930s. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

Steadfast

Installation: wood, nails, paint, 2014. After the village is razed, the succulent hedge is steadfast. (photo by Tom Little)

Steadfast

Installation: wood, nails, paint, 2014. After the village is razed, the succulent hedge is steadfast. (photo by Tom Little)

Steadfast

Installation: wood, nails, paint, 2014. After the village is razed, the succulent hedge is steadfast. (photo by Tom Little)

Que Serra

Acrylic on birch with [supplied] horseshoe and miniature figures: a wry reference to the Tilted Arc at Javits Plaza. Created for a themed silent auction to benefit the Mattress Factory, 2014.

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