Good Natured: Art & the Environment

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The laws of Nature are not separate from us. They are not a mysterious other; distant and intangible. At a time when vast amounts of scientific data are sounding the alarms of our current poly-crisis (ecology, economy, energy, and equity), our collective experiences implore us to reconsider our environmental impact and the need for reciprocity. Good Natured challenges us to act in this contingent world and ponders the question what it is to be both the problem and the solution.

Explored paradoxically, literally, ironically, and playfully, Good Natured artists make direct interventions; imaginative and unruly, others certain and precise. Manifested in various approaches and materials including painting, sculpture, textile, mixed media, and digital works, the exhibition provides a multisensory and immersive experience that challenges us to see nature and ourselves as sources of regeneration. A catharsis in an age of paralysis.

Curated by Bonnie R. Domingos and featuring works by Trevor Amery, Mariah Armstrong, Stephanie Bedwell, Taylor Chapin, Aaron Glasson, Sofia V. Gonzales, Judit Hersko, Bianca Juarez, Timothy Murdoch, Margaret Noble, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Catherine Ruane, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, and Ruth Wallen.


An Opening Reception will take place Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 3 - 5 p.m. in Fine Arts Gallery. Light refreshments will be served and parking with validation will be free for 2 hours. Special vinyl DJ set by Nick Lesley.

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Gallery Hours:

Monday and Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.



The visual arts program demonstrates the library’s role as a cultural institution embracing a broad range of disciplines while assisting San Diego's emerging, mid-career and professional artists achieve visible opportunities and receive wider local, regional, and national attention.


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