Curated by Andi Campognone
October 6 – November 10, 2018
Kimberly Brooks, Fawn, 2018.
The term Nature Worship is defined as a system of religion based on the veneration of natural phenomena—for example, celestial objects such as the sun and moon and terrestrial objects such as water and fire.
The exhibition Nature Worship examines the portrayal of nature beyond a system of religion more as a means to celebrate the importance of all livings things. It addresses our current global concern for our environment without delivering a sermon. The works in this exhibit span from the literal use of the landscape in painting, photography and sculpture to abstracted and subtle pieces that suggest a reverence to nature that are not so apparent. All the work is highly conceptual and expertly crafted. Andi Campognone states, “It is my intention that this collection of beautiful, powerful work arouses the viewer and strengthens their desire to respect and protect the natural world.” This artist lineup includes makers, that throughout their artistic careers, have made a practice of incorporating nature or the landscape in their work not as a passive background but as a bold contemporary subject.
Nature Worship featured artists include Kim Abeles, China Adams, Kelly Berg, Kimberly Brooks, Rebecca Campbell, Terry Cervantes, Samantha Fields, Sant Khalsa, Laurie Lipton, Haleh Mashian, Catherine Ruane, Allison Schulnik, and Lisa Schulte.
In accordance with their current group exhibition Nature Worship, Mash Gallery will be hosting an evening of artist talks with Kim Abeles, Kelly Berg, Rebecca Campbell, and Catherine Ruane. The talk will take place on Thursday, October 11th at 7pm.
Mash Gallery is proud to present a performance by the award winning chorale the Sunday Night Singers directed by Mike McCullough, Sunday, November 4, 2pm.
SNS has competed in the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales and at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati and Riga, Latvia. They have placed in multiple competitions and won the Mixed Chamber Choir category at the 2012 World Choir Games. In 2016, SNS participated in the ACDA Western Regional Conference. They have three recorded albums, Stacey V. Gibbs’ “Didn’t it Rain,” Joshua Shank’s “Color Madrigals,” and their holiday album “An A Cappella Christmas.” The Sunday Nights Singers continue to grow with the addition of their 65 voice ensemble, SNS Chorale, and hosted their first high school choral festival in 2018.
Courtesy of LA Art Documents and Andi Campognone
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Andi Campognone has over 30 years of arts experience in the southern California region. She is the Owner/Director of AC Projects, a private consulting organization focused on promoting arts and culture. Projects include developing museum exhibitions, public engagement, mentoring programs and book and film publications of historically relevant southern California artists.
Campognone is also the Museum Manager/Curator for the City of Lancaster. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of partnerships and community engagement initiatives with local artists, local businesses, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisors office and higher level institutions. She develops curatorial direction for exhibition programming and educational programming and additionally she is directing the Museum accreditation process for MOAH. She has previously served the City of Pomona as Cultural Arts Commissioner where she co-wrote and implemented the City’s Master Cultural Arts Plan and the adopted Arts in Public Places Policy. She is the cofounder of Kipaipai, a professional development workshop for artists in Hawaii, Ojai and Joshua Tree. Ms. Campognone is on the Board of the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation and on the Board of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture. She volunteers as a regular speaker and mentor to art students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Arts Association. She is a current member of ArTTable.