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Jennifer Anne Bennett, Branch and Brine, 2016; encaustic and mixed-media on panel, 11 x 14 inches; courtesy of the artist Jennifer Anne Bennett, Branch and Brine, 2016; encaustic and mixed-media on panel, 11 x 14 inches; courtesy of the artist

All Natural

Seven artists explore sustainability along the fringes of photography, sculpture and painting.
By Lizbeth Persons Price

From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, July 16, 2017, the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery will showcase “All Natural,” an exhibition presenting the work of seven artists using natural materials to create their finished pieces.

Exploring the fringes of photography, sculpture and painting—and intersecting with notions of sustainability—“All Natural” highlights ways each individual extends beyond boundaries to produce provocative and experimental results. With many never-before-seen works, the selection will take viewers on a journey from desert to ocean to mountain, exhibiting unorthodox uses of media such as encaustic wax, rock, minerals, precious metals, textile, clay, and other materials sourced from the natural environment.

Artists in various disciplines

Artists in the exhibition include SDSU School of Art and Design alumni Stephanie Bedwell and Jennifer Anne Bennett, as well as Scott B. Davis, Roman de Salvo, John Oliver Lewis, Jessica McCambly, and Meghann Riepenhoff.

"This exhibition came together very organically, pun intended, and all of the pieces have a poetic symbiosis in conversation with one another,” said exhibition curator and SDSU Downtown Gallery Director Chantel Paul. “One of the most inspiring aspects was seeing the new work created for ‘All Natural’ and how the artists pushed themselves within their own practice and approach. The results are provocative and are really very beautiful."

For McCambly, the challenge of this exhibition made her question, “How can I adopt a different set of materials and still make my work?”

“As an artist whose practice is deeply involved with materiality and process, this has been a very exciting investigation,” she said. "It involved much research, along with many tests, discoveries, false starts, and even failures. Throughout my studio practice, I always come back to the belief that all of these pieces are necessary for creative growth and innovation. I am pleased with the results of this challenge and am excited to show these new pieces alongside the works of the amazing roster of artists participating in the exhibition.”

Where and what

The SDSU Downtown Gallery, located at 725 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For parking information, visit the SDSU Downtown Gallery website.

“All Natural” is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the SDSU School of Art and Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the SDSU Art Council Ambassadors.

Exhibition special events

As part of the exhibition, the SDSU Downtown Gallery will host evening events, which are free and open to the public.

Meghann Riepenhoff Lecture
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Hepner Hall, Room 221

Downtown at Sundown, Opening Reception
Thursday, April 20, 5-8 p.m
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Meet the artists and mingle as you view the exhibition. During the reception, SDSU dance students and local dance professionals will perform a "durational practice" in our gallery, supports by Arts Alive SDSU. Downtown at Sundown is a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), Stone Brewing Company, and the Flight Path Wine Bar & Bistro, and is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Downtown at Sundown
Thursday, May 18, 5-8 p.m.
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Downtown at Sundown
Thursday, June 15, 5-8 p.m.
SDSU Downtown Gallery
With DJ Mike Turi and Andrew McGranahan