Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cannon Gallery Invitational

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents the  2017 Invitational exhibition at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, located at 1775 Dove Lane, Aug. 20 through Oct. 7, 2017. The eighth annual invitational exhibit features the work of five San Diego County artists: Robert Barry, Don Fike, Kaori Fukuyama, Elena Lomakin and Allan Morrow. The artists were selected  by gallery curator Karen McGuire.
Elena Lomakin

Elena Lomakin

Don Fike

Robert Barry,

Kaori Fukuyama

Kaori Fukuyama

Allan Morrow.

Allan Morrow.

Allan Morrow.

A Family Open Studios is being hosted, in conjunction with the exhibit, on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This hands-on art making workshop is designed for all ages. All materials and workspace are provided. Participation is free. William D. Cannon Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Texture/Pattern at Quint Contemporary

by Patricia Frischer

Texture/Pattern with Adam Belt, Kim MacConnel, Ed Moses, Anne Mudge, Zak Ové, Andrew Pasquella, Christopher Puzio & Brian Wills runs from July 15 to Aug 26 at Quint Gallery (5171 H Santa Fe St. SD) Thurs to Sat 10am - 4pm

I am a huge fan of pattern painting which I discovered in 1980’s. I like the pure joy and energy of the clashing color with the overlay of some systems of structure. There is not much conceptual content or even underlying message for these works so I guess they fall under the category of art for arts sake. But when Quint Contemporary put on this show of Texture/Pattern, they are showing it side by side with new “drawings” by Robert Irwin. I would not think of Irwin as a pattern painter and that was not probably the intention of the simultaneous showing, but Robert Irwin is continually re-inventing the way we see. And I think all these work achieve that goal.

For Irwin, he wants to be”… making a painting without making a ‘mark’ at all.”  He does this by using ordinary florescent tube housing with slightly altered neon tubes that are never turned on. From a distance especially these read as lines on a wall, with the shadows and reflection adding to the interest. Simply by calling them drawings, he makes us see these items in a new way.   Robert Pincus wrote a lovely introduction to this show, so don’t miss that. 

Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin

Kim MacConnel, SD Art Prize recipient
I saw a similar work to this one in Vienna years ago and this was my first exposure to pattern painting. These are not found fabrics sewn together but designed and painted canvas stitched together. 
Richard Allen Morris, SD Art Prize recipient
The entire handling of the painting which combines the color and texture is the forte of Morris. Painting in this style is really really hard...most people would produce mud. And Morris knows just when to stop. 
Anne Mudge
Mudge used both texture and pattern plus reflection and to enhance these complex sculptures. She creates universes and we are lucky to orbit around her world. 
Adam Belt, SD Art Prize recipient
The mystery you can not see in these images online is the shine and glimmer of some of the surfaces. Light is the real subject of these works. A little rectangle of a galaxy far, far away. 
Zak Ové
Ové is an artist new to me, and these crazy circle are all crocheted just like the tea cozy you grandma might have made. But gathered together they sing of time past, present and future. 
Ed Moses
This work shows how simple lines can create a depth of space you can loose yourself in. 
Manny Farber
Not part of the show but it is easily visible is this work by Farber soon to have a show at MOCA LA. Yes, there is a narrative, but it is really the colors and patterns that are the star of these works as well. 
Lee Materazzi was the previous show and this small room of her work is still on display. She uses her body and found object to illuminate, block and play with space

Lee Materazzi

Friday, August 4, 2017

Homecoming: Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance

By Patricia Frischer

Hats off to Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance (Rancho Santa Fe) for continuing to show Southern California artists in art fairs all across America. At Homecoming you can see a selection of work from all of those art fairs in 2016/17 season.  The show is by appointment only from August 11th – September 15th with a reception on August 11 from 6-9pm with Music by Malamaña featuring Juanito and Fredi.. The really wonderful thing about this show is that it is work that has not been seen in San Diego before at SCAA. I  was impressed with the array of abstract work as you see in the sample below, but it is always exciting to Einar and Jamex de la Torre's new work. I was especially pleased to see a display by Michelle Montjoy who is one of the SDVAN emerging artists in the New Contemporaries project of those  nominated for the SD Art Prize. 

Joe Caroff
Derli Romero Cerna
Stone Chen
Einar & Jamex De La Torre (SD Art Prize)
Peggy Hinaekian
Al Johnson
Barbara Kolo
Cynthia Miller
Marco Miranda
Michelle Montjoy (San Diego Art Prize)
Hung Viet Nguyen
Karrie Ross
Audrey Suer
Jody Wiggins
Nami Yang

Marco Miranda

Marco Miranda

Joe Caroff

Jody Wiggins

Jody Wiggins

Stone Chen

Stone Chen

Peggy Hinaekian

Derli Romero Cerna

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Encinitas Flea Market at Pacific View produced by Encinitas Friends of the Arts

by Patricia Frischer, photos by Jonathan Woodward

Encinitas Flea Market at Pacific View (608 Third Street. Encinitas. CA 92024)  was the site of an Art, Vintage and Treasures event on Saturday, July 29, 2017 sponsored by Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA with Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA). This was a community event to support the restoration of Pacific View School into a community supported arts, culture and ecology hub. It raised about $4000 in booth fees and donations after the expenses of putting on this ambitious event and nearly 1000 showed up during the 5 hour event.  Naimeh Tahna who is the president of the EFA and did all the  organization  spoke highly of all the volunteer effort without which this huge effort would not be possible. Booth owners were pleased and a lively crowd attended this first ever flea market at the former school,  which concentrated on goodies from artists' homes and unusual crafts like the large crystal dreamcatchers made of lace, selections of vintage clothing and accessories, lovely jewelry, glass wall plaques, artist decorated sugar cookies and Starbucks coffee, a toco and a soft serve ice cream truck plus some live music. 

SDVAN  donated three boxes of goodies and all funds raised from the sales of these specific items will go to a public art project. All other donation and fees will help EFA and EACEA.

Perfect setting

Bargains galore

detail, dreamcatchers

Our photogenic Mayor Catherine Blakespeare

Naimeh Tahna Woodward looking forward to her new UKE, a gift from husband and volunteer Jonathan who took all these photos

Deanne Sabeck and her glorious glass platter below

Anyone for a martini shaped sugar cookie with olive?

Person, Place or Thing: Patric Stillman at Studio Door July, 2017

Patric Stillman is a self taught artist working mainly figuratively who is fearless. He not only is the owner and director of Studio Door, he curates show and arranges classes for artists to help with their professional development, has supplied a place for artist to work and paint/create.  He is, thus, a touring figure himself.  For this show he is working with the black and white palette of film noir. You get a double punch of illusion;  that which is created by the paint tones and shapes and the references and the multimedia installation which contains moving images.

This series of images is very personal, a young man’s journey into gay adulthood. Many of Stillman’s generation of role models, died of aids.  But as a very social creature, he hopes that some of his creations can speak to a new generation. These are stories can be interpreted by the viewers as they wish. Stillman is always thinking of others and it might be the bases of the second part of this display. The Brotherhood Taro is a masculine themed deck that has been digitally enhanced to combine fantasy characters and landscapes. Taro decks of cards are for sale as are larger individual versions of the images.

Next for Patric Stillman is a show of Galleriest in San Diego who are also artists and who will be giving back to the community with consultations for emerging artists. Stillman is also curating the New Contemporaries exhibition at the re-located Art San Diego in Del Mar at the end of September. These are the emerging artists nominated for the SD Art Prize in 2017.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Classic American Playgrounds and Skies Seen Through the Lens of Brenda Biondo

Brenda Biondo: Play
San Diego Museum of Art
Gallery 15: Mrs. Thomas J Fleming Sr. Foyer
Through January 7th, 2018

Article by Cathy Breslaw
Brenda Biondo, Burlington, CO, 2009. Color photograph. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Colorado photographer Brenda Biondo’s constructed abstractions and playground images fill the Mrs. Thomas J Fleming Sr. foyer of the museum with a combination of fascination and nostalgia.  The Paper Skies series are a group of formal minimalist abstractions which at first glance resemble paintings.  However, they are printed photographs created as the result of paper being cut, folded and then re-photographed against the sky. Biondo begins by photographing the sky at different times of day. She then prints out the desired photographs, manipulates them, and then re-photographs the shaped photographs against a sky. The photos are then printed onto thin aluminum using a dye sublimation process, lending a slight metallic sheen and a polished quality to the surfaces.  This series also reveals atmospheric color as well as noting the ambiguity of the real versus the reproduced. These images brings to mind modernist painters like Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly who used geometry in rather simple and straightforward ways but are also visually compelling images.

Biondo’s second body of work comprises 15 photographs depicting the evolution and obsolescence of the traditional American playground.  Her photos unearth memories of early and mid century playgrounds made of mostly metal and materials no longer used in contemporary play structures. To prepare for her photographic series, Biondo researched vintage catalogs and historic photos from the 1920’s to the 1970’s including classic seesaws, slides, spinners and whimsical animal jungle gyms. Her photographs using iconic American symbols like rocket ships, and lunar landers were popular because of space exploration  during the 1960’s, while other photographs depict structures from the 1950’s when cartoon characters, cowboys and Indians, Cinderella and other pop culture references were widely used. Her photographs allow us to revisit icons of childhoods past as well as documenting their place in American culture. Biondo’s playground photographs share similar geometric and minimalist compositions with the paper skies series and the use of light in an atmospheric way.

Monet's Paintings on Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art

Reflections on Monet
Gluck Gallery, San Diego Museum of Art
Through January 21st, 2018

Article by Cathy Breslaw
Claude Monet   Le Bassin des Nympheas  oil on canvas     1904


Inside the Gluck Gallery at the San Diego Museum of Art, is a small but powerful collection of mostly impressionistic paintings dating between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  This intimate, low-lit setting is a perfect place to view three important paintings by Claude Monet, each representing different stages of the artist’s career. The earliest oil painting, Haystacks at Chailly was painted in 1865, towards the beginning of Monet’s painting career, and is thought to be the first of his many ‘haystack’ paintings.  As one of the San Diego Museum of Art’s collection, this small painting is a realistic rendering of a landscape by comparison to Monet’s later more ‘loosely’ painted impressionistic works.  The gorgeous color palette, a range of blues, purples, pinks, yellows and blues light up the skies while a range of greens, yellows and browns emerge from the ground as grass and fields with hills in the background. The haystack is a point of interest but not central to the composition as in Monet’s later haystack paintings. Moving on chronologically, Eglise de Varengeville was painted in 1882, and as most of Monet’s paintings was created outdoors on location.  Upon observation of the coastal cliffs painted from below, the viewer sees active and energized brushwork in several colors as the artist breaks down the rocks into sections of an array of whites, oranges, yellows, reds, browns and greens. The last of Monet’s three paintings exhibited is Le Bassin des Nympheas created in the latter part of his career in 1904. By this time, Monet was fully into Impressionism, using the play and qualities of light, mixing colors on the canvas with thin visible brushstrokes to create movement, and an open composition while depicting unusual angles of the subject matter. This larger painting, also called The Lily Pond, was painted in his garden at Giverny and is a subject he repeatedly painted in his later years.  On loan from the Denver Art Museum, it captures only a small section of a lily pond, focusing in on floating flower pads as well as the water reflections of bushes, brush, and trees on shore.  The blue-greens, greens, yellow-greens, pinks, lilacs, whites and yellows are a sea of multi-dimensional brush strokes activating the surfaces of the painting, adding movement and creating a kind of surreal atmosphere. Also in the exhibition is Notre Dame(1900), an oil painting by French artist Maximilien Luce, Late Afternoon, Giverny(1905-1913), an oil painting by American artist Guy Orlando Rose, and an oil painting, The Edge of the Forest( 1887-1892), by American artist Theodore Robinson – all painted in the Impressionistic style.