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.

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Featured Artist

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, Mexico City; Intemperie at Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Contemporary Projects at LACMA, and Congo Bravo at the Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. His work has been shown at the 26th São Paulo Biennial and the 5th Mercosur Bienial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia 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.

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The Project

Seascape

For the fifth edition of Art & Nature, Pablo Vargas Lugo chose 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.