Chris Darrow - Limited Edition Giclee Print - Vanishing West
To commemorate the exhibition of photographs by Chris Darrow opening reception Saturday December 5, 2015 6 - 9 pm at Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space - 840 N Indian Hill Blvd - Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621.0848
A signed and numbered limited edition 16" x 20" giclee print - only a series of 25 will be produced. Framed and matted - will make a wonderful addition to any space.
Chris explains: "As the title implies, The Vanishing West is about that which once was, and is now fading from, our view and immediate memory. Like an endangered species, the California of the “classic” period is now becoming a harder and harder place to find. The manifest destiny that drove people west has now taken a different tone and now a “newer is better” attitude has replaced the need to build and settle. The architecture and monuments to our cultural heritage have not been very well preserved. Everywhere there lays a treasure, a jewel in the rough. A cement Wigwam motel, covered over with Christmas tree lights, stands next to a brand new neon sign that declares in modern parlance, Ned’s Oil & Stuff. That’s the juxtaposition I look for when I’m trying to find traces of California’s varied and culturally, eclectic past.
About Chris Darrow
Long before recording as a solo artist in the 1970s, multi-instrumentalist Chris Darrow was a well-known musician and trusted sideman in Los Angeles’ tightly knit music scene. In 2009, Los Feliz CA-based Everloving Records is honored to reissue two classic Chris Darrow solo albums, 1973’s Chris Darrow and 1974’s Under My Own Disguise. Both titles were originally released via the United Artists label.
Proficient on guitar, bass, fiddle, violin, banjo, Dobro, lap steel and mandolin, Chris Darrow never actively sought employment as a musician, but the work always managed to find him. Even if you have never heard his name before, Darrow’s fingerprints remain in conspicuous corners of the public consciousness. His early career was spent playing in bluegrass combo The Dry City Scat Band with David Lindley, and fronting electric rock group The Floggs. With Lindley, he co-founded revered psych outfit Kaleidoscope -- hailed by Jimmy Page as his “favorite band of all time.” A stint with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band led to the formation of The Corvettes, which later resulted in long-term touring relationships with Linda Ronstadt and John Stewart. He contributed to pivotal session gigs with Leonard Cohen, James Taylor and Hoyt Axton and crossed paths with Sly Stone, Sonny and Cher, Gram Parsons, Gene Vincent, Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa and even Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner.