McCarren/Fine Exploring the Ocean's Edge in Long Beach at "AND/OR"

Art and Cake Dec 07, 2016

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and the fine imaginary line between land and sea is a fascinating area. Being in Los Angeles, the coastline is a constant source of inspiration and beauty for Angelenos. A fragile place, the continental edge, ever-changing and moving with the ebb and flow of the tides pushes and pulls our imagination as well as our land. Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren are both perplexed and deeply attracted to the strength and vulnerability of the ocean—massively covering so much of our planet, but in great harm because of human destruction and pollution. Land and sea, respectively, seem to offer different people a sense of comfort, a sense of existence that is humble and expansive. This interesting dichotomy of land and sea is the inspirational thread that these two artists explore quite poetically in their latest exhibit of their collaborative artworks, in “AND/OR” at the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach.

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