Artist Drica Lobo has a new exhibition opening Saturday, Oct. 13 at Resin Gallery in Hermosa Beach. There’s No Planet B is a vibrant, colorful exhibition that Lobo says she’s created to “honor our beautiful planet.”
Using her signature vivid palette, the Hermosa Beach-based artist offers a true ode to the loveliness of the Earth, as a way to raise awareness to the dangers facing it. Originally from Brazil, Lobo looks at the landscape of the planet from a global perspective.
She describes her new solo exhibition as one she designed to show Earth’s beauty, and to encourage viewers to recognize what she terms the “breathtaking, mind-blowing way things work” and what we can do to preserve them.
Lobo says of the planet itself “It’s our home and life support system; we need to face it, survive, and make changes to environmental issues,” she says. “One of my responsibilities being an artist is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds, but also to feel it emotionally and physically.”
To Lobo, by doing this, art can “motivate people to turn thinking into doing.” Her exhibition is a response to the fact that “Giving people only information and numbers leaves them overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, but engaging with a good work of art can connect you to all your senses. It encourages thinking, engagement, and even action.”
The interactive element of what her new show offers viewers involves two different ways to look at her art work. This experiential aspect is something she wants viewers to discover first-hand for themselves.
“Let’s say they will have some sort of photo filter that will change perspective and add subjects to the painting. You have to come and see it yourself,” she relates.
The show also incorporates Earth-friendly elements into the work. “Expect creative ways to teach the public to live greener, reuse, recycle, and repurpose,” she notes, adding “Expect a transformative experience that we are all constantly seeking.”
Lobo stresses that as a member of the South Bay Artist Collective, she wants to continue bringing art events to the community. “We’re a non-profit, and our purpose is to support and serve the South Bay visual arts community. We want to help connect the artists, audience, students, and venues in Hermosa Beach and surrounding areas to help contribute to a thriving art community.” And with this exhibition, to raise awareness of the beauty of the environment and the importance of preserving it.
There’s No Planet B opens with a reception Oct. 13 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and runs through Saturday, Oct. 20. A closing reception will take place on the 20th, also from 4 to 9 p.m.
Resin is located at 618 Cypress Ave. in Hermosa Beach.