Parcel-084-081-002 Wide Load

Parcel-084-081-002 Wide Load
Parcel-084-081-002 Recliner

Parcel-084-081-002 Recliner
Parcel 084-081-002 SWP

Parcel 084-081-002 SWP
Parcel 084-431-014

Parcel 084-431-014
Parcel 084-431-014 Wall Heater

Parcel 084-431-014 Wall Heater
Parcel 084-431-014 Mirror Room

Parcel 084-431-014 Mirror Room
Parcel 084-311-022

Parcel 084-311-022
Parcel 084-311-022 Windows

Parcel 084-311-022 Windows
Axis Gallery, May 2015

Axis Gallery, May 2015
Axis Gallery, May 2015

Axis Gallery, May 2015
Axis Gallery, May 2015

Axis Gallery, May 2015

 

California Valley – Wonderful Today…Fabulous Tomorrow

“Beautiful California Valley in the bountiful heart of California, for only $10 down and $10 a month you can own a full 2 1/2 acre Rancho, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.” This is just part of the pitch made in a 1961 full-page LIFE magazine ad when a developer carved up a dusty alkaline desert into a grid of over 7200 parcels with nothing more than scraping out “roads” and adding some signs. Located 50 miles east of the California pacific coast, in the Carrizo Plain, California Valley is comprised of over 24,000 acres that were unsuitable for farming or ranching. This series of photographs picks up some 50 years later on that California dream.

About the artist:

Richard Gilles grew up in North Carolina and received his BA in Art from San Francisco State University. Gilles work has been exhibited nationally and has been included in International Photography Annual by Manifest Press for the last 3 years. He currently lives and works in Sacramento CA.