What Grows Here

04.10.15 - 05.23.15

"What grows here is limited by water. For the last few years, California has fallen deeper into drought, and this lack of water is changing our landscape. Californians have learned to treasure it." --Ashley Valmere Fischer, 2016

What Grows Here, on view from April 10 to May 25, 2015, features works that engage with the exhibition Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California (on view through April 12) at the Oakland Museum of California—artworks as diverse as California itself. Exhibition jurors Julie Lazar and Michael Zheng found that the artists share a common concern with our state's ever-changing landscape. The works selected for this show consider the history, experience, and consequences of the environmental challenges facing California today, proving once again that the Bay Area is indeed a fertile ground for artists who engage in a socially conscious practice.

Embark Gallery Director Angelica Jardini comments about artist Carolina Magis Weinberg’s 2014 photograph Flat Fog, “Weinberg’s photographs serenely capture the still, blue expanses of San Francisco fog. These are images that inspire meditation on the vast openness of California sea and sky, while infringing human elements perhaps hint to the increasingly rapid disappearance of these tranquil horizons.”


Ashley Valmere Fischer | Stanford

Tanja Geis | UC Berkeley

Scott Hewson | SFAI

Jessica Hubbard | CCA

Tim Kopra | SFAI

Nicole Lavelle | CCA

Carolina Magis Weinberg | CCA