Friday, September 8, 2017

Endangered at SD Mesa College Art Gallery

by Patricia Frischer

Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems  at SD Mesa College Art Gallery runs from  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.This is an interactive and educational exhibition featuring photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos shedding light on some of the blight happening in our regional ecosystems. More info: Alessandra Moctezuma 619.388.2829 and/or  Danielle Deery,, 858.414.0792.

The time is right and we are seeing more and more exhibitions of fine art that focus on the challenges of the environment. Bringing the arts to bear on a wide variety of issues that affect local, state, national and even world issues is one of the most important duties of the creative communities. Could one artist on their own change the direction of our society? Possibly not, but we should not underestimate the collective power of those who can shine a light on important matters. Additionally, the artist themselves can lead lives knowing they are doing their best in the face of disasters. Those who are exposed to exhibitions like these might themselves be a part of the solution, inspired to make decisions or take actions that will benefit us all. 

Curator Danielle Susalla Deery and husband Michael standing in front of the birds of Stacie Birky Greene

Kira Carillo Corser and Majorie Pezzoli (Majorie is a silk painter for the Sea Changes ACT project and was an aid to the artist Debb Solan  in creating a series of jelly fish sculptures  that continues to be displayed through the Jelly Girls)

Kira Carrillo Corser reflects on the damage caused by plastic pollution, ocean acidification and climate warming. 
Corser's book that started with the DNA of Creativity project produced by SDVAN and continues to expand its outreach. 

Michelle Kurtis Cole in the Sea Change book, works on glass coral that can host and increase the growth rate of this endangered species. 
Stacie Birky Greene (detail of work in the window of the exhibition) created a new series of drawings featuring all the endangered birds in California. 

Stacie Birky Greene (detail of work in the window of the exhibition) 

 Stephanie Bedwell concentrates on the fate of bees which are so vital to our survival.  These lovely but sad sculptures remind us that are fate is tied to theirs. 

Sasha Koozel Reibstein made this flower to symbolize all the threatened foliage especially for this exhibition. Rising to the challenge of this theme adds another layer to the work of this talented artist. 

Ruth Wallen places the threat to this little frog on the same level as our missing children and draws attention to this danger with an encouragement to eliminate the use of plastic bags. 

Jen Trute (who was a personal friend) considered the environment her most important mission. She wanted to bring her substantial talents  as a graphic designer and a fine art artist to this cause. She is much missed and would be thrilled to know that her work was finally being shown in this company. 

Jen Trute

Jen Trute (much missed and probably not resting in peace knowing what is happening to planet earth. )
All the artists and the curator

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