‘ENTANGLED’ EXHIBIT EXPLORES ENVIRONMENT
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features two artists whose work responds to climate change and our planet on the brink of perilous danger. The exhibition, “Entangled: Responding to Environmental Crisis,” runs from January 12-March 25, 2023, and highlights the artwork of Madeleine Tonzi, a New Mexico painter, muralist and printmaker, and GATS (Graffiti Against the System), a well-known Bay Area artist who draws on the urban environment as a source of inspiration. An opening reception on January 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the museum is free and open to the public.
“Madeleine addresses the landscape in ways that stimulate the viewer to think more seriously about what is at peril in nature today,” says Judy L. Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director, who has followed Tonzi’s career since she was a student at Santa Barbara City College.
“Street art and graffiti are non-traditional media for many urban artists, who respond with directness and vigor to the world around us,” says collections manager Chris Rupp. “I believe that’s the greatest strength of street art — its unmediated directness. GATS is a master of communicating to the masses without written word. Read More
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