Serena Perrone
Shangri-La Gentleman's Club - Fort Wayne, IndianaShangri-La Motel - Ocala, FloridaShangri-La Hotel - Sydney, AustraliaShangri-La Motel - Spokane, WashingtonShangri-La Motel - New Smyrna, FloridaShangri-La Oasis Gentleman's Club - Tampa, FloridaShangri-La Hotel - Santa Monica, CaliforniaShangri-La Barber Shop - Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaShangri-La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center - Orange, TexasShangri-La Speedway - Owego, New YorkShangri-La (Doris Duke's) Center for Islamic Arts and Culture - Honolulu, HawaiiShangri-La XXX Theater - Chicago, IllinoisShangri-La Motel - Portland, OregonShangri-La Estate - Irvine, CaliforniaShangri-La Records - Memphis, TennesseeShangri-La Motel - Leeds, New YorkShangri-La Diner - St. Louis, MissouriShangri-La Cocktail Lounge - Austin, TexasShangri-La Nudist Ranch - New River, ArizonaShangri-La Hotel - Bangkok, ThailandShangri-La Resort - Muscat, OmanShangri-La Resort - Laconia, New HampshireShangri-La Restaurant - Cherry Hill, New JerseyShangri-La Ranch - Jackson Hole, WyomingShangri-La Motel - Tuscaloosa, AlabamaShangri-La Inn - Bala Cynwyd, PennsylvaniaShangri-La Motel - Ocean City, Maryland
27 Views of Shangri-La
This is a series of woodburnings of various places including old roadside motels, nudist colonies, trailer parks, XXX-theaters, luxury resorts, all that share the name "Shangri-La". I depict them engulfed in fire and smoke to connote the dilution and corruption of the mythic ideal, as its name has come to be associated with modern places that are false utopias. Yet, they continue to conjure ideas of wanderlust, the exotic unknown, and a promise of escapism in its many forms. The title, 27 Views of Shangri-La, is an allusion to Hokusai's Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji which was a series in which Hokusai obsessively depicted Mt. Fuji, revealing Mt. Fuji as his own personal Shangri-La.