Juror Mark Chamberlain
In 1973, Mark Chamberlain co-founded and still operates BC Space Gallery & Photographic Art Services. For over 35 years, Mark Chamberlain has used photography and other art vehicles for social and political commentary. Artist, author, educator, ardent environmentalist, and self-proclaimed arteologist, his work has brought widespread attention to regional issues and global concerns. Most notable was The Tell, a collaborative non-profit public art project in Laguna Canyon in 1989. This 636-foot-long photographic mural, created with art partner Jerry Burchfield, served as the focal point and catalyst for the defense of the canyon and ultimately drew thousands of people to the Laguna Canyon site, national attention to the issues,and facilitated the public purchase of that land for preservation. Other work includes Dubuque Passages, an intimate b/w documentary of Chamberlain’s hometown region created over a 10 year period; Future Fossils, a similar endeavor in larger scale color incorporating images collected in California over another 25 year plus period; and Looking for 2001, an ongoing companion color series of photographic images reflecting on our evolution into the 21st Century. Current activities include the long-term documentation of the El Toro Marine Base as it undergoes the transition from military air base to regional park and an ongoing video & still documentation of the Mississippi River and its byways, and a video history of the Artist Elders of Laguna Beach. Along with an extensive exhibition record, Mark Chamberlain’s work is included in numerous public & private collections, including the Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, the University of Dubuque, the Polaroid Collection, and the Cincinnati Museum of Art. BC exhibitions include the controversial & highly acclaimed Pretty Lies/Dirty Truth show, which addressed issues of war & peace in our time; My Father’s Party is Busted!; Banned & Barred which dealt with the practice of censorship in art; Water Works, addressing concerns of water use, misuse, and abuse; and Urbanscapes, a lyrical depiction of man’s impact and legacy on our planet.
Janet Inez Adams Bruce Barton Charles Lynn Bragg David Crocker Denise DeGrazia JR Fleming Rick Friesen Steven Fujimoto Julia Heatherwick Linn Kier Veronica L. Kortz Cheryl Lommatsch Michael McAlister Elizabeth Nees Cory Olewnik Abel German Olivieri Marco Pizzo Paul Samenfeld Chris Sanders Jen Schichi Denise A. Scott Jim Sinsheimer John A. Stewart Swan Elizabeth Wallace Peter Williamson Walker Beverly Williams JEN ZEN (aka Jen Grey) Ronnie Zuckerberg
The main gallery features EARTH which was juried by Mark Chamberlain, BC Space Gallery co-founder and owner, photographer and environmental activist. The exhibition features 36 works of art which explore such topics as shifting coastlines, a family’s final resting place in the earth, the beauty of the lush and barren landscape, patterns in nature, the incendiary power of wildfire during the Santa Ana wind conditions, and the ties that bind the human experience with the natural world. Included are works of encaustic, vintage “re-purposed” furniture. Assemblage, sculpture, digital drawing, stoneware, acrylic, pastel, pencil, oil, photography and mixed media.
Wille’s Trapezoid, a smaller exhibition space within the gallery, features 24 historic photographs of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and tips on earthquake preparedness.
Free Environmentally-Themed Mosaic Workshops
In conjunction with EARTH, this year’s four month series of FREE environmentally-themed mosaic workshops will be launched on Sunday, April 3rd. The first topic is recycling and begins with a short talk by artist Betsy Lohrer Hall. Professional mosaic artists and instructors, Dawn Mendelson and Luz Mack-Durini will teach the classes. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Please visit our website at www.2ndcitycouncil.org for full details, registration info and future topics.