An Outdoor Art Event
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.
Elizabeth Turk is a California artist and is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern. In 2010 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the Anna & Barnett Newman Foundation award. Born in Pasadena and raised in Orange County, Turk received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Scripps College. She has had a distinguished career internationally and bi-coastally, and her work resides in collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Weatherspoon Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Mint Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2014-15, Laguna Art Museum presented Elizabeth Turk: Sentient Forms, which included works from the Seashell X-ray Mandala series.
On November 3, 2018, Elizabeth Turk’s Shoreline Project brought together 1,000 volunteer performers for a site-specific performance in Laguna Beach. The project was the commissioned work of art for Laguna Art Museum’s sixth annual Art & Nature, and took place at sunset on Main Beach. With LED-illuminated umbrellas designed as an evolution of the artist’s Seashell X-ray Mandala series, the 1,000 performers converged on the shoreline in both spontaneous and choreographed movement. Shoreline Project created a shared common experience amongst the performers and an engaging spectacle for thousands of viewers from the surrounding cliffs and buildings.
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