Art & Nature | Pablo Vargas Lugo: Seascape



Pablo Vargas Lugo: Seascape

Laguna Art Museum regrets to announce that Seascape, the outdoor artwork created by Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, will not be on view during Art & Nature weekend. For more information, please click here.
Related programs will take place as scheduled.  

For the fifth edition of Art & Nature, Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo has chosen to bring the intervention sponsored annually by the museum into the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

“The piece acknowledges the origins of Laguna Beach as a haven for plein air painters and its character as a city whose imagination remains firmly set on the seas in spite of the vast urban sprawl of Southern California,” the artist remarks. “The ever-changing seascape and a familiar element of urban infrastructure and growth, the streetlight, will come together, pinpointing a small section of the ocean as a seascape under observation and reminding viewers of the shifting conditions under which development and our future are taking form.”

Seascape was designed and engineered by Andrew Bloxom and Mark Peters of Morelli and Melvin Design and Engineering Inc., Newport Beach, and was constructed by Maika Scott.

About Pablo Vargas Lugo

Pablo Vargas Lugo was born in Mexico City in 1968. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts in the National University of Mexico from 1988 to 1993. Since 1991 his work has been shown extensively in Mexico, South America, the US, and Europe.

Among his most important solo exhibitions are micromegas, at the Museo Amparo, Puebla and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Intemperie at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; Contemporary Projects at LACMA and Congo Bravo at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.

Lugo’s work has been shown at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo and the 5th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Mexico City.


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 2, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Local galleries open nature-inspired exhibitions during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach.

Pablo-Vargas-Lugo-thumb In Person: Pablo Vargas Lugo
Friday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

The artist discusses his work, including the creation of his commissioned piece for Art & Nature.

California Mexicana: Land Into Landscape
Saturday, November 4, 2:00 p.m.

Panel discussion with California Mexicana curators Katherine Manthorne and Alberto Nulman, Seascape artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, and historian Steven Hackel; moderated by Malcolm Warner.

RepellentFence6_thumb Film: Through the Repellent Fence
Saturday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.

This documentary follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile-long outdoor artwork that straddled the US-Mexico border.

WDeverell thumb Art & Nature Keynote: William Deverell
Saturday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.

Renowned California historian and author of Whitewashed Adobe delivers the Art & Nature 2017 keynote lecture.

RJ0C4682 Art & Nature Family Festival
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Art, nature, and science activities for all ages.

November 2 – 16

Pablo Vargas Lugo’s Seascape is on view off Main Beach.



Art & Nature is generously funded by Yasuko and John Bush, Jane and Joe Hanauer, Chris Quilter, the Draper Family Foundation, the McBeth Foundation, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, the William Gillespie Foundation, Wells Fargo, and anonymous donors.

Sponsors also include the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, The Inn at Laguna Beach, the Laguna Beach Independent, KCRW, and Visit Laguna Beach.