Nature on the Edge: Mutation & Hybridity in 21st Century Art

Curated by David S. Rubin

May 22-July 25, 2015


Nature_1Are we still standing on the precipice? Is there time to step back from the edge, to retool, retrofit and save the environment? In “Nature on the Edge: Mutation and Hybridity in 21st Century Art,” guest curator David S. Rubin has assembled the work of 17 outstanding San Antonio-based artists--Kim Bishop, Sabra Booth, Justin Boyd, James Cobb, Margaret Craig, Meredith Dean, Marlys Dietrick, Elizabeth Elequin, Joey Fauerso, Enrique Gutierrez, Hilal & Kati Hibri, Jayne Lawrence, Leigh Anne Lester, Eric Mathis, Alejandro Padilla, Samuel Velasquez and Lloyd Walsh--who tackle these concerns in recent artworks.

Take a walk through the exhibit with curator David S. Rubin here.


Nature_21"Nature on the Edge"  opened with a reception at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, May 22, from 5:30-8:30 pm.  The recepton featured live music poolside by Nina Rodriguez (drums), Jean-Philippe (violin) and Miguel (guitar), light hors d-oeuvres and complimentary wine.  The artists were be on hand to sign copies of the exhibition catalog ($10), published by Bihl Haus Arts.

In the catalog essay, Curator David S. Rubin writes: “Nature_18Global warming, deforestation, pollution of water, food, and air, the ongoing battle against diseases such as AIDS, Alzheimer's, and cancer — these topics have filled the media airwaves and internet websites for at least a quarter of a century, and no one remains unaffected. In the case of artists, what the individual feels and thinks about these matters is expressed creatively, and today many are investigating environmental issues using a variety of approaches. This exhibition showcases recent works by . . . artists who have become fascinated with the environmental changes that are taking place and altering our relationship to the natural world. While some focus on the organic process of change itself, others are intrigued by hybrids and mutants, new or variant forms of life and culture that have emerged or that can be imagined as the environment continues to evolve and time moves forward.”

RNature_20elated Events:

Saturday, June 13, 2 pm: Panel discussion with exhibiting artists Margaret Craig, Jayne Lawrence and Leigh Ann Lester, moderated by curator David S. Rubin  More here. View panel on YouTube here.

Saturday, June 20, 2 pm: “The Environment, Arts and Socioeconomy: Interdependence and Success in Ancient and Modern Mexico,” a gallery talk by Rachael F. Brown, MFA (Associate Professor, Visual Arts, South Texas College). More here.

Saturday, July 11, 2 pm: “Denature by Design: A Sociological Exploration of Disasters,” a gallery talk on the human response to disasters exacerbated by climate change by Lisa Zottarelli, PhD (Director, Social Sciences and Humanities, San Antonio College)

Saturday, July 18, 2 pm: “Nature on the Edge” poetry reading organized by poet Mobi Warren, founder of