Lately, I've been waking up to surprising weather that oscillates between the marine layer and a warm sunny day.
It's rare to find an art show that reflects this see-saw effect, but it's becoming more common in the local Southern California and global landscape.
"By Degrees: Art and Our Changing Ecology," presented by the Huntington Beach Art Center, offers a timely examination of how weather conditions affect the environment. The exhibit runs from April 15 to June 10, 2023, and is curated by guest jurists Luciana Abait and Lawrence Gipe.
The curators have taken a broad view of the environmental theme and have included art produced with conventional and unconventional materials, such as repurposed "non-art" and eco-activist documentation.
While canvas art depicting storms and showing trash in our oceans and melting icebergs caused me to pause with sadness, it was an art video showing a Southern California firestorm that made my eyes water. I said, "Wait, we just had all that rain," but if you've lived in Southern California as long as I have, you know that we have a “fire season,” which is often in the fall. However, who knows? That might be shifting as well.
The fire-themed video is not the only thematic film on display. There is another film from Antarctica and a 40-minute film, "Rizomas," by Carolina Montejo, which presents a compilation of atmospheric sound, reflective monologues, and nature subtly moving from image to image. The film is screened weekly in the Art Center's multipurpose room, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 pm, Thursday at 6 pm, Friday at 5 pm, and Saturday at 2 pm.
For more information on "By Degrees: Art and Our Changing Ecology", please visit the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Call (714) 374-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org.