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Leah with the Scythe. California, 1975

ILKA HARTMANN

Ilka Hartmann participated in some of the greatest social movements that defined the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.

As a fellow activist, she documented the expressive faces of people who fueled the Anti-War Movements, rise of the Black Panther Party, Native Occupation of Alcatraz Island, United Farm Workers boycotts in the Central Valley, Anti-Nuclear Movement and LGBT Marches in the Bay Area.

In 1969, Ilka focussed her lens on the people and events in her alternative community in Northern California. This relatable body of work illustrates one town’s plight against gentrification and developers, as well as the people’s “return to the land” after protests and the intellectualism for people’s rights.

“I compared Ilka’s works to that of Diane Arbus introducing her and the exhibition at our opening, because so much of photography today fetishes or aestheticizes commercialization. Which is understandable as those sleek and colorful images inundate us daily. Whereas Ilka’s, capture the tenacity, beauty and integrity of people, and the soul of Americans. Thus, making her art and images timeless.” Curator’s thoughts - Betty Nguyen

The enigmatic and collectible series will be part of “Community / Humanity” exhibition on view in July. Works are available.

Leah with the Scythe. California, 1975

Leah with the Scythe. California, 1975

Taken in Paradise Valley, where a commune of seven families lived on 22 acres and farmed the land to feed themselves. They also made a contract with each other that their hand built homes would never enter the real estate market. That the homes would be only passed down to their family as a trust.

Black and White print 28” W x 20 1/2” H $3600

Musician Greg Schindel at Magda's House (Huey Lewis' mom) '74

Musician Greg Schindel at Magda's House (Huey Lewis' mom) '74

Everyone built their own homes. This particular home had a hanging C Pipe that was repurposed as a suspended fire place in the middle of the home as hearth. Huey and his mother sit in the foreground of the photo as musician Greg Schindel plays his acoustic guitar. Greg still plays music on an outdoor train in Fort Bragg.

Original black and white print, hand printed by the artist. Only 2 ever made. $2200 8” H x 10” W

The Mesa with Buckminster Fuller Dome circa '75

The Mesa with Buckminster Fuller Dome circa '75

The roads aren’t paved in the area where residences were built. One of the first Buckminster Fuller dome houses was erected on “The Mesa” in the far left. Rains collect in the dirt road during Spring.

Original black and white print on photo paper from the seventies. Hand printed by the artist. Only 2 were ever made. $1200

"Rummage Sale" circa '75

"Rummage Sale" circa '75

Part of the Fourth of July Parade in town, a “rummage sale” becomes a float.

Original black and white print, hand printed by the artist. Only 2 ever made. $1100

Macrame Playground '74

Macrame Playground '74

Two local, female artists volunteered to create this stunning macrame playground for their community. The little girl in the foreground currently works for the Water Board where this playground existed for over 40 years.

Original hand printed black and white photograph. Only 2 ever made. $1100

"Quiet Approaching Sensitive Community" '71

"Quiet Approaching Sensitive Community" '71

Internationally acclaimed journalist and author, Orville Schell hand-painted the sign “Quite Approaching Sensitive Community'“ and threw it up on the pole that is located at the entry of the small town. Ilka photographed it with him during his action. The blackberry bush located at the foot of the pole is a quiet reminder of this town’s living boundary.

Only 2 ever hand printed by the artist on original photo paper from the 70’s. $800 8” W x 10” H

"Eco Shack" circa '72

"Eco Shack" circa '72

A beautiful example of the exterior of one of the hand-built homes from the seventies that inspire natural, salvaged wood building.

Hand-printed by the artist. $800