When we think of California, we imagine beach towns and the weed, but for artists Joey Alone and Deuce 7, the real beauty of California hides in its deserts and mountains.
The duo make frequent trips inland to explore our state's less-traveled locales, where they seek out rare plants and rock formations. Their nature treks are a far cry from their roots as artists -- both initially had interest in graffiti -- but have shifted their focus to detail-rich landscapes, illustrations of plants and birds, and romantic tributes to the train culture of the American West. (Joey Alone works as a brakeman, while Deuce 7 is an avid railroad enthusiast, and so trains are often the only man-made form in their otherwise natural drawings.)
In Ask the Dust, an exhibition that opens at Needles and Pens this week, Joey Alone and Deuce 7 will debut a rich collection of pen-and-ink drawings that advocate the natural world over the human. As part of Art Beat, an ongoing interview series with local artists, SF Weekly spoke with the pair about their friendship, their botanical studies, and the undeniable lure of the desert. More »