Traveler, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.
~Australian Aboriginal Proverb

In the act of perception there are accordingly these two things, the mind engaged in a certain act, and the thing called the tree which is not mental. ~Samuel Alexander

Byron Bay, Australia – For their inaugural exhibition in Australia, Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Love Ranch in collaboration with Justin Crawford. For Love Ranch, the gallery founder Tripoli Patterson, has curated an extensive group show bringing together 21 artists from the USA, Puerto Rico, and Australia. This exhibition strives to foster an increased dialogue between artists in New York and beyond, with artists and collectors in Australia. Justin Crawford is a polymath of sorts with a focus on painting, photography, surfing, developing environments, and his millinery company called FallenBROKENStreet he runs with his partner Diva Cory. Crawford’s paintings echo his interests and personality, presenting representational figures, life mantras through his recognizable font, and objects in uncertain situations.

Tripoli Gallery, founded in 2009, is a staple on Long Island’s East End. A hub for global contemporary artists as well as those long established within the 20th Century, artists exhibited include Ashley Bickerton, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mary Heilmann, Keith Sonnier, Katherine Bernhardt, Ross Bleckner to name a few. The Gallery has always had a connection to the sea which is part of its connection to Australia. Tripoli Patterson is an avid surfer who first visited Australia in 2003 while competing in the World Qualifying Series. It was during this trip when he learned that his father, with the direction of his friend Willem de Kooning, played a key role in encouraging James Mollison, then director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra (1973), in the controversial acquisition of a Jackson Pollock painting for 1.2 million titled, Blue Poles, (Number 11), 1952. Today it is considered as one of the most important paintings by Pollock valued at over 400 Million. Mr. Patterson was also responsible for adding the largest collection of Pre-Columbian art in Australia to the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria where it is currently, and permanently on view.

Co-collaborator Justin Crawford is the son of the legendary photographer Peter Crawford and has always been passionate about art. In 2017, he created ‘A SPOT OF GENIUS,’ a gallery in the middle of Byron Bay town, in an old beach shack. The gallery represented authentic culture and community that needed to be showcased. Artists exhibited included Jack Irvine, Ozzy Wrong, Brodie Jackson, Peter Crawford, and Luke Tafee. Justin Crawford and Tripoli Patterson were introduced by their mutual friend, collector of the gallery, and 8x World Surfing Champion Stephanie Gilmore. Justin began exhibiting his work with Tripoli Gallery in 2019. Following the growing popularity and pace of Byron Bay, quantified by the pandemic (a feeling very similar to that of the Hamptons), Justin began envisioning a new gallery location in the nearby Industrial Estate, one that mimicked the times of marvel Street Byron —this exhibition launches fallenBROKENstreet Gallery.

Love Ranch, is derived from an oil painting of the same name, Love Ranch (2013), by artist Jonathan Beer who is from New Orleans, Louisiana. The artists in the exhibition examine the often overlooked area where nature encounters mysticism. This takes various forms from painting (figurative and abstraction) to sculpture (wood, clay, aluminum, plastic or hemp) to tapestries (hand sewn and cut cloths, and vintage rugs), practiced by artists who created works for this exhibition, to Connie Fox, who painted Yellow Rainbow in 1973.

Byron Bay sits in the region known as Arakwal Country, a place of vast resources that stretches along the coast, north of Sydney, and south of Brisbane, and has a rich indigenous history that dates back some 20,000 years. “Because of the abundance, we were not nomadic—we had villages and houses built,” says Aunty Lois, a Nyangbul Bundjalung Elder. Originally known as ‘Cavanbah’ or meeting place, Byron Bay is Australia’s easternmost point that was believed to lead to the spirit world and is charged by the volcanic rock below. It was the site of numerous spiritual tea tree lakes, sacred to the indigenous Bundjalung women who would come here to give birth and wash in the medicinal waters. Today, it is a buzzing cultural hub and a destination for tourists and locals alike. The concept of an exhibition in the contemporary framework is a meeting place. It allows for discussion (agreeing or disagreeing), contemplation, inspiration, and can contribute a particular level of sacredness to everyday visual culture.

The exhibition and gallery plan to honor the land and nearby sea through a select group of contemporary artists who explore personal histories and the metaphysical. The shoreline is something that is in constant flux —an area for recreation, sport, migration, and resources. Waves lap the sand, emerging and disappearing with the current, something artists have drawn from for centuries. Whether this inspiration results in visual whimsy or melancholic reflection, the artworks in Love Ranch traverse space through a conceptual portal offering the opportunity to travel with feet firmly planted on the ground.

~ Katy Hamer

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Angelbert Metoyer charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and gold dust on paper 28 x 22 inches (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
Miles Partington oil on canvas 9 x 12 inches (22.86 x 30.48 cm)
Sabra Moon Elliot glazed ceramic 8.25 x 9 x 0.5 inches (21 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm)
Miles Partington wood, acrylic 1.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches (3.8 x 19.1 x 3.8 cm)
Yung Jake nerf guns 24.5 x 7 x 6 inches (62.23 x 17.78 cm)
Félix Bonilla Gerena mixed media on paper 38 x 25 inches (96.52 x 63.5 cm)
Félix Bonilla Gerena mixed media on paper 38 x 25 inches (96.52 x 63.5 cm)
Justin Crawford wood, acrylic, oil stick, nuts and bolts 96.25 x 223.25 inches (244.5 x 567 cm)
Laith McGregor oil on canvas with rattan conical hat 78 x 59.84 inches (198.12 x 151.9936 cm)
Otis Hope Carey water based acrylic on 14 ounce primed canvas 47.25 x 63 inches (120 x 160 cm)
Lauren West
Connie Fox

Yellow Rainbow, 1973

Oil on Linen
30 x 31.75 inches

Matisse Patterson mixed media 19.68 x 7.87 x 10.23 inches (50 x 20 x 26 cm)
Matisse Patterson mixed media 23.22 x 12.99 x 7.87 inches (58.9788 x 32.9946 cm)
Benjamin Keating aluminum 13.75 x 12 inches (35 x 30.5 cm)
Benjamin Keating aluminum 14 x 11.75 inches (35.6 x 29.8 cm)
Lottie Consalvo river pebbles and acrylic on board 36 x 48 inches; 38.97 x 51.18 inches framed (91.5 x 121.92 cm; 99 x 130 cm framed)
Mark Cora-Mooroom Bungaree hemp string, layered cane (rainforest vine), acrylic paint, and Emu feathers 67 x 19 x 19 inches (170 x 48 X 48 cm)
Justin Crawford found hand colored vintage image and frame, and whiteout pen 13 x 11 inches (33.02 x 27.94 cm)
Marty Baptist acrylic on canvas 20.07 x 16.14 inches framed (50.9778 x 40.9956 cm framed)
Lucy Winton

London Calling, 2019

acrylic paint, pastel, and embroidery on found tapestry
60 x 43.5 inches
(152.4 x 110.5 cm)

Lauren West
Judith Hudson

If You Want Boarders, 2021

watercolor on paper
43.5 x 33.5 inches
(110.49 x 85.09 cm)

Miles Partington oil on canvas 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Ozzy Wrong hand sewn fabric 88.97 x 70.86 inches (226 x 180 cm)
Mark Cora-Mooroom Bungaree hemp string, layered cane (rainforest vine), acrylic paint, Emu feathers, and (yellow, red, and white) Tibetan Silk 63 x 31.5 x 22.5 inches (160 x 80 x 57 cm)
José Luis Vargas oil and collage on canvas 24 x 18 inches (60.96 x 45.72 cm)
Lottie Consalvo river pebbles and acrylic on board 15.75 x 19.69 inches; 18.12 x 22.26 inches framed (40 x 50 cm; 46 x 56.5 cm framed)
Lottie Consalvo acrylic on board 11.83 x 15.75 inches; 14.76 x 18.52 inches framed (30 x 40 cm; 37.5 x 47 cm framed)
Lottie Consalvo acrylic on board 15.75 x 19.69 inches; 18.12 x 22.26 inches framed (40 x 50 cm; 46 x 56.5 cm framed)
Jonathan Beer enamel, plexiglass, enamel spray, wood 19 x 14 x 1 inches (48.3 x 35.6 x 2.5 cm)
Sabra Moon Elliot acrylic on canvas and glazed clay acrylic on canvas and glazed clay
Marty Baptist acrylic and spray paint on canvas 16.25 x 20 inches (41 x 51 cm)
Sally Egbert acrylic and oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Sally Egbert acrylic and oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Jonathan Beer oil on canvas 20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Marty Baptist acrylic, spray paint, and oil stick on canvas 48 x 71.75 inches (122 x 182 cm)
Mark Cora-Mooroom Bungaree hemp string, layered cane (rainforest vine), acrylic paint, and Emu feathers 86.75 x 27.5 x 27.5 inches (220 x 70 x 70 cm)