JANUARY 13 - FEBRURARY 26 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Jan 13th, 5-8pm
ARTIST TALK: Jan 27th, 5pm
Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden' is an ongoing series of symposia, publications, and site-specific art installations that explores the connections between art, architecture, and science within the framework of botanical gardens and natural history museums.
Artists include: Sharon Beals, Kevin Cooley, Mia Feuer, James Griffith, Roger Hangarter, Jenny Kendler, Allison Kudla, Philip Andrew Lewis, Denise Newman, Flynn O'Brien, Sasha Petrenko, Gail Wight, & Nami Yamamoto
On Saturday, January 27th David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees and the artist Sasha Petrenko will give a joint presentation about their work and their work with trees. David is one of our favorite writers and we are thrilled that he will collaborate with Sasha whose Lessons from the Forest part III will be in the exhibit.
Natural Discourse originally began as a collaborative project between The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley (UCBG) and a multi-disciplinary group of artists, writers, architects and researchers who presented an exhibit of site specific work from July 2012 to January 2013. In 2016 Digital Nature, a show of inter-active digital and video projections took place at the LA County Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Symposia have been presented at the LA County Natural History Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden, Berkeley botanical Garden and the LA Arboretum.
In 2012, Shirley Watts curated 'Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden' an exhibition of 11 site specific installations at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. With her background in fine arts and nearly twenty years of working in the field Shirley has developed a personal design style using new and salvaged materials, plantsmanship and an ability to bring a surprising element of contemporary culture to a garden. Each project is an individual exploration of people, space and site. Her inspiration touches all elements of gardens from hardscape and layout, to custom furniture and lighting designs.
Presented by Levy Art + Architecture, Natural Discourse, and Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders