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Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems
Mesa College Art Gallery
September 5-28, 2017
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 7, 3:00-6:30 pm
Panel Discussion with select artists and scientists,
September 7, 6:30-7:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 5 – September 28, 2017
Featuring works by:
Kira Carillo Corser
Stacie Birky Greene
Sasha Koozel Reibstein
Curated by Danielle Susalla Deery
Mesa College Art Gallery is proud to present Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems. An interactive and educational exhibition, Endangered invites attendees to explore the work of 8 artists who’s process and work explores our local environment and the ways in which it is rapidly changing. Through their photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos the eight artists in this exhibition shed light on some of the blight happening in our regional ecosystems. Working with local scientists, students and eco-conscious organizations this exhibition presents evidence of the changes happening in our local geography and encourages dialogue on how the public can help provide positive solutions.
Curated by Danielle Susalla Deery, former Director of Exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) and adjunct art history professor at Fullerton College, this exhibition promises to be a captivating mixture of Deery’s passion for the environment and contemporary art. Deery shared that this exhibition is very timely as this is a critical time in environmental policy history, “Environmental consciousness is a very topical concern facing humanity around the globe. In the United States momentum has grown recently as knowledge of harmful use of chemicals affecting our land, water and air has become more prevalent in popular media. Unfortunately, in a misguided move, President Trump recently rescinded the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, reversing the great strides taken to combat climate change. These recent policy changes coupled with an undeniable shift in climate, are a constant reminder that we need to be active participants in securing the sustainability of our planet. With this exhibition we hope to provide viewers with information about their regional ecosystems empowering them to make positive decisions that will impact the health of our region and planet.”
Each of the eight artists selected to participate in this exhibition has a long standing commitment to environmental justice and explore complex issues in an aesthetically rich and creative process. Stephanie Bedwell examines the ongoing demise of the bee population through her expressive and poignant sculptures. Using the bee as her subject matter she places this important pollinator in challenging environments forcing the viewer to question the health of the insect. Birds are the main focus of Stacie Birky Greene’s body of work. In this exhibition she presents a collection of meticulously drawn California endangered and extinct birds exposing only a small portion of the 1,300 bird species globally facing extinction. Kira Carillo Corser is also interested in how pollution is affecting our environment. Her two mixed media pieces comment on plastic pollution in our oceans and rising carbon dioxide levels created by an increased concentration of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.
This collection of artwork by five dynamic artists brings visual interpretations of the natural world and its interactions with humans. The work evokes sounds and sights of a colorful, vivid variety of California art. There are grids of endangered birds, scientific worlds of data, of human striving and interaction along with dots and grids forming order from chaos and visual manipulations of light to music.
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