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Josh Blumental

DëKœi™

A small part of Josh Blumental's extensive Tainted Landscapeseries, DëKœi depicts the shores of the Salton Sea.  Littered with the mummified cadavers of fish and birds, the shores are an open grave for nature. The Salton Sea a toxic toilet that cannot be flushed.

The dead fish featured in this series litter the entire shoreline, and were likely killed by the oxygen depletion by an algae bloom, fostered by the fertilizer run off.  In September 2012, the stench of putrefying fish reached and filled the L.A. basin,  100 miles away.  Apparently, the 30 foot-deep lake has a huge anaerobic layer of decaying organic matter, and when the wind blows just the right way (like our HATU winds), the layers mix and release a huge amount of hydrogen sulfide gas.  That is the same gas released by rotten eggs.

The artist's work can be seen at Charley Hafen Jewelers • Gallery from 3/30/15 through 4/11/2015.

The artist reception will be on Gallery Stroll Friday night March 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. 

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