Laguna Art Museum Unveils 11th Annual Art & Nature Programming

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The popular event returns in November with an outdoor sculptural installation and performance by Cristopher Cichocki, immersive programming and free Family Festival

Cristopher Cichocki in his studio. Photo by Lance Gerber

The Laguna Art Museum is gearing up for its 11th annual Art & Nature, a yearly immersive exhibit into the symbiotic relationship between art and the natural world.

The Art & Nature initiative addresses the environmental situation through a creative and unique lens – the artist’s perspective.

Starting Nov. 2, the event will combine art, science and nature on a grand scale. Art & Nature is the museum’s largest public program of the year. It brings together thousands of participants to encourage a love of nature, raise environmental awareness and discover cross-sections between science and the arts.

At the heart of Art & Nature 2023 is Cristopher Cichocki, the visionary artist whose outdoor installation, Rising Inversion, will debut at Laguna’s Main Beach from Nov. 2 to 5.

The outdoor installation harnesses oceanic and planetary elements, engaging in direct dialogue with the surrounding natural landscape of Laguna Beach. From dawn to dusk, this transformative installation morphs from a sprawling arc of sand and barnacles into a luminescent orb rising over the Pacific shoreline. This synergy encircled within the elements of water and light will illuminate throughout the night in a phosphorescent glow powered by the residual energy of the sun.

Cichocki is a multidisciplinary artist renowned for exploring the cyclical patterns of decay and rejuvenation within the intricate tapestry of human-nature interactions. His trajectory of work spans the realms of painting, land art, sound art and natural science – encompassing eras from ancient oceans to present-day deserts.

“The 11th Annual Art & Nature unites us all in celebrating the profound connections we can make to understanding the natural world through creativity,” Laguna Art Museum Executive Director Julie Perlin Lee said. “As a testament to our museum’s unique heritage as a center for the appreciation of artistic sensibility towards nature, the events of Art & Nature honor our commitment to embracing environmental awareness through contemporary art, our desire to present immersive and though-provoking programming for all and to support bold artistic experimentation to create a better world.”

Art & Nature will include Cichocki’s Circular Dimensions. This multi-sensory audiovisual performance will activate onto Rising Inversion on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 4. Running concurrently to Rising Inversion from Nov. 2 to 26, Cichocki will present Primordial Water, a solo exhibition of the artist’s latest work showcased at Laguna College of Art and Design’s LCAD Gallery located near the museum. Additionally, a new decade of Art & Nature is being ushered in with a schedule of events, including the annual free Family Festival.

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