Five years ago, driving through Bakersfield around dusk—just as the neon signs began illuminating the main drag, the setting sun flaring up the darkening sky—Mary Weatherford saw where her work would take her. In Ruby II (Thrifty Mart) (2012), a rope of pinkish-red neon vertically divides the large canvas behind it, an abstract of blue and orange vinyl-based paint.
Weatherford’s beautiful new series like the land loves the sea continues this practice, and she continues to draw inspiration from inland and small-town California landscapes like Lancaster and Oxnard. New York City—where she lived in the 1980s and ’90s—is also present. In 2019, a traveling retrospective exhibition of Weatherford’s work will open at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.
MARY WEATHERFORD: LIKE THE LAND LOVES THE SEA, through May 6.
DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY, 5130 West Edgewood Place (at LaBrea), Los Angeles.
Source for Bakersfield information: Carolina A. Miranda, “With Bold Brush Strokes and Luminous Neon, L.A. Painter Mary Weatherford Comes into Her Own,” Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2017.