Full Moon, Swollen River 2
This moody landscape depicts a section of the Los Angeles River as it rises under a moonlit sky. The energetic motion of the water is echoed by the cloud-dappled night sky, the two separated by the concrete riverbank. A pile of manmade detritus is being swept into the current at the bottom of the composition. The word "HOME," graffitied on the far embankment, is on the verge of being consumed by the rising water—lending the image a sublime and unsettling beauty.
Over the past decade, Los Angeles-based artist Adam de Boer has studied the indigenous crafts of his family’s Dutch-Indonesian heritage. His work combines traditional Javanese crafts, such as batik and wood carving, with Western modes of oil painting. De Boer adapts Javanese craft forms to capture the cultural hodgepodge of present-day Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own immigrant heritage.
Over the past decade, Adam de Boer’s work has combined traditional Javanese crafts, such as wood carving and batik, with Western modes of oil painting. His urban scenes explore the visual textures, cultural minglings and socioeconomic realities of contemporary urban life. De Boer’s work depicts the cultural hodgepodge that is Los Angeles while maintaining a strong connection to his own Dutch-Indonesian immigrant heritage.