Oakland artist's psychedelic Cali landscapes will blow your mind

Jen Woo , 7x7, March 29, 2018


Oakland-based artist Terri Loewenthal melds landscape and psyche in her new series Psychscapes, a body of work that investigates the "sublime expanse of land and sky romanticized in the still-potent mythology of Utopian California."

The single-exposure, in-camera compositions use special optics designed by Loewenthal in order to compress sprawling swaths of terrain into the vivid environments you see depicted here. It's a journey into the psychology of perception, compressing space rather than time to throw off the normal orientation of a photograph—foreground and background blend, all of it swathed in striking, saturated hues for a beautiful hallucination.