Curated by Andi Campognone
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.
Featuring works by:
Kim Abeles • China Adams • Kelly Berg • Kimberly Brooks • Rebecca Campbell • Terry Cervantes • Samantha Fields
Sant Khalsa • Laurie Lipton • Haleh Mashian • Catherine Ruane • Allison Schulnik • Lisa Schulte
Nature Worship runs October 6 through November 10 at Mash Gallery.
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.