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Karen Halverson, Mulholland near PCH
Karen Halverson, Mulholland near PCH, 1991, archival pigment print,
16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500



In normal times, my photographic practice takes me on the road. But during the year of COVID, I stayed home and found myself in a reflective frame of mind. Instead of making new work, I looked back to the first series of photographs I made after moving from New York to Los Angeles in 1991. The photographs are large panoramas I made along the fifty-two-mile length of iconic Mulholland Drive. I spent the COVID winter revisiting, editing and sequencing the Mulholland images for publication.

I had fallen in love with Mulholland in the late 1980s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I saw David Hockney’s exuberant painting, Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio. Once I moved to Los Angeles, I cruised the real-life Mulholland, taking it all in: rugged mountains rising from the sea, mansions perched on hilltops, giant succulents like saxophones, and the vast grid of the city below. I drove the voluptuous curves of Mulholland countless times, marveling at both the dramatic natural landscape near the coast and the built landscape of the Hollywood Hills.

William Mulholland was a controversial water baron who diverted so much water to Los Angeles in 1913 that the immense future growth of the city was inevitable. The road bearing his name was built in 1924 and is still the narrow, two-lane road it was then. While driving the road is thrilling, it may also invite you to ponder the delicate balance between a metropolis of twelve million people and the semi-arid environment it occupies. Mulholland is at the juncture where human will and ingenuity meet the forces of nature.
It’s been tough to be tethered to home this past year. Finally, we are now able to move about more freely, but we remain circumspect about travel. Take heart, Angelenos. Mulholland beckons.


- Karen Halverson



All of the artwork in this online exhibition is available for purchase.

Additional works from this series can be viewed on Karen's website and are available upon request.

For inquiries, please call 310-913-0749 or email at info@craigkrullgallery.com.





Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Dry Creek
Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Dry Creek, 1991, archival pigment print,
16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Dry Creen
Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Dry Creek, 1991, archival pigment print,
16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland overlooking Universal City
Karen Halverson, Mulholland overlooking Universal City, 1991, archival
pigment print, 16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Multiview Drive
Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Multiview Drive, 1991, archival
pigment print, 16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland near Runyan Canyon
Karen Halverson, Mulholland near Runyan Canyon, 1991, archival
pigment print, 16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Durand Drive
Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Durand Drive, 1991, archival pigment print,
16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Canyon Lake Drive
Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Canyon Lake Drive, 1991, archival
pigment print, 16 x 48" on 24 x 56" paper, edition of 10 - $3,500




These images are included in the upcoming monograph MULHOLLAND, published by MW Editions, due out on September 1, 2021.
Preorder the book on the MW Website.
Karen Halverson, Mulholland