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Conversation with Blue McRight about her new work “Immersive”

Blue McRight with new work Immersive

Every year, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery features work by the winners of the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Artist Fellowships, which honor a dozen mid-career artists from around the city — one of the rare municipal programs to directly fund artists in the United States. In addition to the exhibition, which is on view until July 3, the Gallery also hosts a series of conversations with the artists. This Saturday, Blue McRight will be discussing her new work “Immersive” and her practice with Kay Whitney, writer and author of Blue McRight’s catalog essay.

“Through her work, McRight asks one of the fundamental questions of our climate-challenged times: What are we doing with our dwindling water resources? Her interest in water issues dates back to the California drought of the 1990s, when an article on the practice of lawn painting appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The publication of this article marked a major turning point in McRight’s practice, causing her to see the conventions of domestic landscaping as evidence of an unnatural relationship between cultural practice and environmental reality. More importantly, it evoked a desire to examine environmental issues. Southern California’s diminishing water supply provides the context for a body of work that focuses on the way water has become a symbol of the conflict between nature’s scarcities and a culture of excess.” – wrote Kay Whitney.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027

photo: William Short

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