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Selections from the Waste Wonderkammer - An Archive of Deserted Trash

  • 42105 50th Street West Quartz Hill, CA, 93536 United States (map)

While a Wunderkammer can be a flashy exultation of wealth, one can see the hubris of  human consumption by following nearly any path off asphalt in the Mojave. Artist Karyl Newman has been mapping, photographing and collecting our consumptive detritus since 2013 as (trashed backward). At the Antelope Valley Conservancy, as part of MaidenLA, a selection of objects from the archive will be on view along with images of their origin in the desert, research into their provenance and geo-locations illustrating how close illegal dumping may be to your homes, schools and places of work or worship. The exhibit will provide tools to report or recycle your own discarded discoveries in an effort to keep our desert clean.

Opening Saturday, August 25, 2018. September 8, 18 and October 6 and 20 or by appointment at (661) 943-9000 or

Photo credit: Karyl Newman Mylar Balloon at El Mirage