Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The San Diego Art Institute Regional Awards Exhibition Sparks Some Memorable Works: By Cathy Breslaw
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Curators: Commercial and
University Galleries and Museums should hold, at least once a year, an
open call for curators to propose exhibitions. I don’t mean artists
submitting their work for showing or even grouping together with friends
to show. I mean really interesting theme shows which showcase what happening
here in the underground spaces and pop up galleries. Alexandra Moctezuma
is open to these kinds of proposals at the Mesa Collage Art
Gallery and the students from her Gallery case are often putting
together exhibitions at other venues like Space4Art. She
offers the only hands-on program in Museum Studies and Gallery Management. We need to encourage independent curators and I
might as well put in a plug for more independent art critics as well.
should be made to put together exhibitions so that each has at least two
venues for display – North, East, South or Central. Making the effort to
organize a really wonderful exhibition is wasted if it is not seen by more
people. It makes sense to travel
shows around the community especially when it take anywhere from 45
minutes to an hour and a half to get from North to South in our county. I
miss lots of local events, as I do try to cover the whole county, but with
fuel cost so high and public transportation so difficult, why not bring
the art to the people. These collaborations would also help unite our
community and I believe that is a strength that can produce more funding,
more energy and more audience. Maybe
this is happening somewhere in SD, but I have not noticed it.
Projects for Schools: Artists
should be proactive in organizing art initiative for schools, especially
those with under privileged students.
We are excited that the Artist
Teaching Institute is funded by the SD Foundation and should start in the fall. Bravo to Jennifer Oliver for working so
diligently to enable more artists to be professionally trained to teach.
But there are many spontaneous projects that could be happening as well.
For example, take a look at Janet Cooling and her latest
commission for the Harriet
Tubman Charter School in the SDSU College Area. The glass mosaic
painting will be 7’x19’ over the entrance of the school auditorium. She is
paying for supplies herself plus fundraising by selling works from her own
studio and SDSU students' art to fund this display which will add a level
of creative energy to this school that almost looks like a prison.
And speaking about funding, how about this new idea for SD called Pizza Parlay. Up until the Thursday before each Parlay, you can send proposals for creative projects that could use a bit of funding to raise them off the ground or to the next level. Pizza Parlay will take place one Sunday a month, usually the last. Parlay-goers will each receive a packet of proposals to review over pizza, and everyone will vote on site. Proceeds from the $12 per person cover donation will be granted to the winning proposal. The more people attend, the bigger the grant. Urbanistguide.com will announce the winner the Monday after the Parlay, and unlike most grants, winners will receive the award immediately. The locations vary each month but the next is Sunday April 29th, from 5-7pm at URBN Coal Fired Pizza & Bar 3085 University. At the last one $460 was awarded to Elias Sidney Blood won for a short film.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Joe Brubaker: The Exquisite Garden is showing at the William D. Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad ( 1775 Dove Lane) from Apr. 1 – June 24, 2012.
UCSD Open Studios 2012 have come again with this year’s crop of emerging artists. .Sat. April 7, 1-7 pm at UCSD Visual Arts Department, UCSD, La Jolla 92083 More info Sheena Ghanbari 858.822.7755
I have been following the work of several of the UCSD students for a few years now. You see them working as raw students, trying to find their way through the ivory towers of learning. They too many times learn art speak as a way to boast your confidence in their work. I am always drawn to those student willing to talk to me openly and clearly, but sometimes the work does speak for itself.
Josh Tonies presented visually interesting video last year with lots of optical tricks. Interestingly, he was able to do that with still images of ships this year. They appear almost sliced and diced and futuristic and fantasy all at the same time. But at first glance they may appear to just look like a commercial for a cruise. And with Titantic in all the headlines this week, it seems he was riding a wave.
Emily Grenader disarmed me with sly little portraits of chef used on ice cream containers. I loved the whole idea of the glass refridgerated display as an art display. Let’s hope she brings this project to San Diego soon. In the meantime her group portraits which she was assembling from the visitors was charming and you can now see me above about the fourth row down on the left bending over to kiss Katherine Sweetman in a video painting. So much fun!!!.
Brian Zimmerman was there showing his new works and you will get a change to see him at the SDVAN New Contemporaries show at Susan Street Fine art opening on June 7 in Solana Beach.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A pocket full of posies;
Hush! hush! hush! hush!
We’re all tumbled down.
- Henry Miller, The Hour of Man
- Dave Hickey, Frivolity and Unction
I am concerned about this and so is Tom Torluemke it appears. But Torluemke is an artist; society tells us he’s supposed to worry about these things: war, famine, death, and erections. He is after all, the sensitive type.
“The Greeks colored their statues, the Spaniards slaughtered their bulls, The Germans invented Hasenpfeffer, we dream and act impatient, hoping for fame without labor, admiration without a contract, sex with an erection.”
- Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara, excerpt from How to Proceed in the Arts
Read more here
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Silvia Valentino and Carlos Castrejon of STUDIO C Contemporary are hosting: Artists, journalists, writers, university professors, critics, and business people who will discuss the role the arts play in bettering East County and its diverse population. The panel will be mediated by Justin Hudnall, creator and leading operative of The Far East Movement. Additionally, the panel discussion will coincide with the closing reception of The Black and White Show at Studio C, featuring 21 of Southern California's most prominent contemporary visual and music artists, who will also be in attendance. After the panel, we will have an experimental music performance by Chris Warren and The Bitwise Operators.
Panelists include: Seema Sueko from the (San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Commission), Felicia Shaw (The San Diego Foundation), Kevin Freitas (Art As Authority), Eldonna Lay (El Cajon Historical Society), and Patricia Frischer (San Diego Visual Arts Network). Moderator: Justin Hudnell
We hope that you take this opportunity to contribute to our cause in making East County and El Cajon a better place for the arts to thrive!