Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems @ Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego [7 September]

Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems

15:30 - 20:00

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Mesa College Art Gallery
7250 Mesa College Dr, D101, San Diego, California 92111

SD Mesa College Art Gallery
Reception: Thursday, September 7 3:30 – 6:30 pm, Art Gallery D101
Artists’ Lecture at 6:30 pm following reception.
FREE parking on reception night ONLY in the Faculty A OVERFLOW lot.

Exhibition Dates: September 5 – September 28, 2017

Featuring works by:
Stephanie Bedwell
Kira Carillo Corser
Michael Field
Stacie Birky Greene
Sasha Koozel Reibstein
Jim Riley
Jen Trute
Ruth Wallen

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 Unfortunately, in a misguided move, President Trump recently rescinded the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, reversing the great strides taken to combat climate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.

Michael Field’s powerful images document the cycles of abundance and scarcity found along the shorelines of Ancient Lake Cahuilla and the present day Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley. Trute’s environmental landscapes reflect her concern about the human impact on nature and the fragility of our global ecosystem. Reibstein’s abstract sculptures reference native California flora that has seen dramatic changes over the past 100 years due to loss of natural habitat and climate change. Artist and Scientist Ruth Wallen presents photo collages and objects featuring endangered frogs from her series “If Frogs Sicken and Die What will Happen to the Princes?” to illustrate the hazards in our environment that are killing frogs. Finally, Jim Riley, founder of Jardin Botanico San Quintin, an organization that promotes the study and conservation of natural habitats, presents digital media work to inform viewers about critical habitats in San Diego.

The exhibition will also feature photographs by Mesa College Biology students featuring endangered, threatened, invasive, endemic, and native plants and animals. In the gallery visitors will have the opportunity to take action by making a pledge to the environment. A wall will be available for visitors to write down how they promise to change their lifestyle to positively impact our collective future. Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems will open on September 5th and invites the public to an artist reception on Thursday September 7th 2017 from 3:30 to 6:30 to be immediately followed by an artist lecture. The full exhibition will be on view at the Mesa College Art Gallery until September 28th 2017.

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