Laguna Beach’s Art & Nature Fest Opens At First Thursday Art Walk


LAGUNA BEACH, CA—Laguna Art Museum opened its ninth annual Art & Nature pageant at Art Walk on a foggy Thursday night. Three new exhibitions plus the return of the Art Lab drew individuals into the museum for some colourful and considerate art work.

Patch noticed featured artist Rebeca Méndez pose for a photograph, graciously holding a Hollywood Times reporter’s canine. Her expansive and luminous “Any-Instant-Whatever” is put in within the museum’s largest room, the Steele Gallery. The video is on a 90-minute loop, which represents 12 hours of precise sky time. The artist explains that every band is quarter-hour forward of the subsequent. The clouds float by, as clouds do, as if in real-time.

Méndez informed Patch she’s the primary to make use of a 150-year-old photographic method known as “time slice” right into a video.

She is clearly pleased with the feat, however she lit up when requested about her subsequent mission.

Opening of Art & Nature Festival 2021 at Laguna Art Museum. Lisa Black/Patch

“The Sea Around Us” can be one other video-based work. Méndez has been filming underwater all summer time, swimming amongst sea lions and within the kelp forests. In creating “The Sea Around Us,” she has gathered marine consultants and indigenous elders to advise on the mission. “We suppose the sky would be the sky eternally, however it is not going to,” she says. And the identical holds for the ocean.

Between the ocean and sky, Méndez says, she is “flanking the universe.”

A girl frolics in entrance of Rebeca Méndez’s “Any-Instant-Whatever” on the Art & Nature Festival. Lisa Black/Patch
“Sky Space-Time Change” is an exhibition impressed by “Any-Instant-Whatever” and consists of gems from LAM’s everlasting assortment. Heavy hitters comparable to Ed Ruscha and Helen Lundeberg’s works are all the time fantastic to see in individual.

All the pleasant timepieces are assembled on the identical wall, some with ticking mechanisms propelling second palms. Don’t miss Kim Abeles’ “Earth Clock II (20 days of smog and ten days of acid rain),” which consists of “particulate matter on glass, clock.”

Craig Stecyk’s “Northwest Passage (clock) hangs within the museum foyer at Art Walk. Lisa Black/Patch

“A Fanciful World: Jessie Arms Botke” is of one other period completely, taking us again to the twentieth century with flowers that glow and gilded birds that do not disappoint. Museum-goers had been rapt by the lengthy mural that when hung within the Coral Spa on the Oaks in Ojai. Botke created it in 1955-56 of oil with gold leaf on canvas.

Art & Nature’s “A Fanciful World” exhibition at Laguna Art Museum. Lisa Black/Patch

It was nice to see the return of the LAM Lab. Art Walk’s mission for the pageant is a hard-edged watercolor impressed by “Any-Instant-Whatever.”

The LAM Lab was again on the museum for the Art Walk. Lisa Black/Patch

Every area, upstairs and downstairs, and on the principle ground, is crammed with intriguing work. It’s time to plan your go to.

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