First published in the March 26 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
An art exhibit called “Mapping the Sublime: Reframing Landscape in the 21st Century” will be on display at the Brand Library, starting Saturday, April 2.
Los Angeles-based artists Lawrence Gipe and Beth Davila Waldman organized the exhibit, featuring a diverse group of 19 artists that, according to library officials, challenges culture’s entrenched conceptions regarding landscape.
“Together, this exhibit critically re-examines the genre as a mediated view of nature and a construction of centuries of aesthetic processing demarcation and colonial expansion,” library officials said in a statement.
The works persuade the viewer to consider the landscape genre anew, library officials added, with traditional notions of the sublime reevaluated to reflect contemporary issues of climate change and the Anthropocene.
The featured artists have made compelling cases, over decades of practice and passion, for an issue that needs to be faced with ever-growing urgency, according to library officials.
A free opening reception will be held on April 23, with an artists’ panel discussion moderated by Shana Nys Dambrot.
Exhibiting artists include Luciana Abait, Kim Abeles, Fatemeh Burnes, Linda Connor, Rodney Ewing, Guillermo Galindo / Interventions with Richard Misrach, Lawrence Gipe, Dimitri Kozyrev, Ann Le, Constance Mallinson, Ryan Macintosh, Liz Miller Kovacs, Deborah Oropallo & Andy Rappaport, Kit Radford, Aili Schmeltz, Alex Turner, Beth Davila Waldman, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Amir Zaki.