Art & Nature 2018

 

 

Art & Nature 2018

November 1-4

In its annual Art & Nature festival, Laguna Art Museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art, lectures, discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. The commissioned artist for 2018 is Elizabeth Turk.

>> Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Elizabeth Turk’s project and CLICK HERE to get involved.
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About Elizabeth Turk

Born in Pasadena and raised in Orange County, Elizabeth Turk has had a distinguished career internationally and bi-coastally. Her work resides in numerous prestigious collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York.

Elizabeth Turk has received a string of notable awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship in 2010, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2011. Her work has been shown in exhibitions including Elizabeth Turk: Sentient Forms (2014) at Laguna Art Museum, and others at the Dayton Art Institute, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, and the American Institute of Architecture in New York. Please CLICK HERE to visit Elizabeth Turk’s website.

 

About Art & Nature

In its annual Art & Nature festival, Laguna Art Museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

 

Schedule of Events

ftaw-120px First Thursdays Art Walk
Thursday, November 1, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Local galleries open nature-inspired exhibitions during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach.
In Person: Elizabeth Turk
Friday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
The artist discusses her work, including the commission for Art & Nature.
Art & Nature Keynote
Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be announced in early 2018.
RJ0C4682 Art & Nature Family Festival
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Art, nature, and science activities for all ages.

 

Past Years

2017
Pablo Vargas Lugo: Seascape
The Mexico City-based artist conceived of a temporary floating streetlight in the waters of the Pacific Ocean just off Main Beach.
2016
Phillip K. Smith III: 1/4 Mile Arc 
For three days during Art & Nature, 250 stainless steel posts on Main Beach formed a visible marker between the man‐made and natural worlds.
2015
Laddie John Dill: Electric Light Blanket
A spectacular evening laser performance illuminated intricate patterns drawn in the sand on Main Beach.
2014
Lita Albuquerque: An Elongated Now
A performance with hundreds of volunteers in a choreographed path between the museum and Main Beach culminated in an arc of light at sunset.
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Jim Denevan
For the first Art & Nature, a monumental work of Land Art with geometrical sand drawings on Main Beach was illuminated at night with solar lanterns.