Photographer Jason House’s scenes of terminal transience

Architecture & Design · Visual arts

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An upcoming photo exhibit features images from Rockhaven Sanitarium located in Montrose, California. Founded in 1923 by psychiatric nurse, Agnes Richards, Rockhaven was a private institution that tended to suffering “mild mental and nervous disorders.” Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Eley, called it home, as did Billie Burke. Abandoned in 2006, the decaying property stands in peril as current owner, The City of Glendale, regularly entertain bids from developers.

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Echo Park based photographer/filmmaker, Jason House’s work concerns themes of time, decay and transience. His previous photo shows have featured abandoned homes of foreclosure victims, portraits of the homeless “saints” of Los Angeles and the beauty of shattered glass and other objects left behind in fatality car crashes.

Rockhaven Sanitarium photography exhibit | Gallery 417 | Los Angeles Subway Terminal Building | opens Aug 13

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