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A scene from the weeklong collaborative installation process of “A Visual Transparency Project”. Photo: Elia Vargas

We are all gardeners. The question is: what are we tending? There is much ruckus surrounding this question these days. Not about getting our hands dirty, though water certainly is shifting our expectations of growth and backyard cultivation here in California. The focus, rather, is to which garden we belong and what we mean by growth. The artist collective Exquisite Gardeners is a dynamic launching pad for these questions.

Spontaneously birthed in 2009 by artist Joe Bruebaker during a show at Donna Seager Gallery, Exquisite Gardeners is a loose collective of artists, friends, and makers. Since that time, the group has installed one show a year—a garden—in a diversity of spaces, from art museums to ranches. Borrowing from the stream of consciousness game Exquisite Corpse, the gardeners have sown the seeds of impromptu installation with found or repurposed materials for the past five years. This past summer, they installed “A Visible Transparency Project” at The Museum of Craft and Design in S...

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