Monday, May 23, 2011

A+ Art Blog: Putting Our Tax Dollars to Work

by Patricia Frischer

Putting Our Tax dollars to Work or what I would do if I were Arts and Culture Commissioner.  Okay, I will probably never be a commissioner for Arts and Culture, but I had a good fantasy while I was in the shower and thought I would share some thoughts. You never know when seeds of ideas might sprout. I have no doubt things need to shake up a bit and these ideas would certainly do that.
  1. Throw out the current plan for distributing TOT dollars. It is too much paperwork that no one wants to complete or read. Instead instigate a nomination process and a lottery draw to see who gets what. How great would it be if a tiny organization got a wind fall and could run with it?
  2. All commissioners would be responsible for one interactive community project during their term. They would mentor and support the project to make sure it was excellent.
  3. A Commission for Art and Culture Limousine would be on call once a week to take VIPs to art events. Commissioners would be responsible for filling this car up with different people for every trip thus widening the support of the arts and being seen to be present in the community. Only limited number of these trips would go to large established organization events. VIP would have a wide definition: politicians, community leaders, entertainment stars, sport stars, industry leaders, etc. A blog would be kept on these trips and statement taken from the VIPs.
  4. The Commission would stand fully in back of SD Art Month and do everything possible to make this an awareness time for the value of the arts in our community. They would encourage cross collaborations of all kinds.
  5. The Commission would hold the 21 st century version of a decathlon. Each entrant to complete a 100 Meter Race, High Jump, Hurdles, Discus, Swim/Surf, Painting, Poetry, Dance, Video, and Song.
Now it is your turn. Do you have a fantasy of what you would do as commissioner? Blog away.

PS This is written with respect to the current Commission for Arts and Culture. It is a hard job, we know.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Picked RAW: David Fobes at the Athenaeum La Jolla

The Green Line, 36" x 72" x 3/4", Vinyl cloth tape on sheet metal, 2011

Code-O-Chromes: David Fobes
On view May 14 - June 18, 2011

David Fobes will present a new series of works that explores themes of code, space, geometry, and color.  He has developed a technique using the unlikely medium of duct tape, a material he manipulates to create fascinating illusions of color and three-dimensional space.  David Fobes is a professor of art at SDSU and his work has been included in many local, national and international exhibitions.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037-4418
858 454 5872

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Daily Art Nag for May 14, 2011: Sit in Solidarity

For Immediate Release

Leah Masterson
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24-Hour Sit-In Inspired by Ai Weiwei's Marble Chairs Featured in Current Exhibition

San Diego, CA- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announces a 24-hour protest to call for the release of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. On Thursday, May 19, a broad roster of MCASD staff, members, and community leaders will participate in a silent yet symbolic event.    

Beginning at 11 AM on Thursday, May 19 and continuing through 11 AM on Friday, May 20, volunteer participants will occupy two traditionally styled Chinese chairs for one-hour periods. This 24-hour sit-in references Ai Weiwei's sculpture series, Marble Chair, two of which are currently on view in the Museum's exhibition, Prospect 2011. These impressive yet haunting marble sculptures were acquired on May 11 by the Museum's International and Contemporary Collectors.

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained April 3 at the Beijing airport as he attempted to board a flight to Hong Kong. MCASD has stood alongside members of the international art community in voicing its disapproval and encouraging action from members, the community and the government to call for the artist's release.

Hugh Davies, the David C. Copley Director and CEO considers the silent protest a way to express the Museum's support of the artist, whose Beijing studio Museum supporters visited just months before Ai's detention.  "As the time of his detention lengthens, we grow more concerned for Ai's welfare and want to make a collective gesture in support of his release," said Davies. 

Members of the community are invited to participate by offering an hour of their time to sit in the replica chairs during the 24-hour demonstration. Volunteers can RSVP on Facebook at or by emailing with the subject line "Sitting in Solidarity," and will be contacted to confirm a time.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Daily Art Nag for May 13, 2011

from the SLOG News & Arts and Jen Graves

photo: John Lok/The Seattle Times

Derrick Cartwright is leaving SAM, he wrote on the museum's blog today.

This comes as a total surprise to me. I don't know what happened. Cartwright's statement says he will take time to refresh his love for art history rather than focusing on institutional administration, which he has been doing for several years, and to be with his family.

In Cartwright's short tenure here, he was very well-respected by artists, pretty much loved by staffers (even though he had to make layoffs due to the WaMu crash's aftermath), and colleagues enjoyed working with him. He arrived in summer 2009, less than two years ago. (Here is what I wrote about him then.)


Related here and here

Picked RAW: "Behind What It's In Front Of" at Quint Contemporary Art

from the press release

Paintings by John McLaughlin
Sculptures and videos by Roy McMakin

Saturday, May 21 – Saturday, July 16, 2011

Opening reception: Saturday, May 21st from 6 to 9pm

Quint Contemporary Art
is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibition space (7547 Girard Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037) with Behind What It’s In Front Of, a show conceived by Roy McMakin to explore his many decade long fascination with the paintings of John McLaughlin. This will be McMakin’s sixth exhibition at Quint Contemporary Art. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, May 21st from 6 to 9pm.

oil on canvas - 60" x 42"

Photo credit and courtesy Quint Contemporary Art

From the recently released book Roy McMakin When is a chair not a chair published by Rizzoli, Michael Ned Holte offers this:

Undoubtedly, McMakin’s body of work can (and should) be placed in an artistic linage that would include John McLauglin, Robert Irwin, and Charles Ray – a linage of shared interest in formal issues of space and perception that seems to have developed on the West Coast, which McMakin has called home for three decades. McLaughlin’s spare, immaculate, geometric paintings precede and predict minimalism. Many of the paintings relay on a reduced palette of black, white, and (sometimes) gray, and a modicum of rectangular shapes to efficiently construct figure-ground conundrums that a viewer can never fully resolve. Many of McMakin’s furniture pieces, including a desk and a dresser follow closely from McLaughlin’s tactics; for example, they employ black lines that are nearly indistinguishable from the negative voids or gaps.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Picked RAW Peeled: "All great art is horse shit, buy tacos" at JETT

Layover - Charles Bukowski

Making love in the sun, in the morning sun
in a hotel room
above the alley
where poor men poke for bottles;
making love in the sun
making love by a carpet redder than our blood,
making love while the boys sell headlines
and Cadillacs,
making love by a photograph of Paris
and an open pack of Chesterfields,
making love while other men - poor fools -

Spencer Little

That moment – to this…
may be years in the way they measure,
but it’s only one sentence back in my mind -
there are so many days
when living stops and pulls up and sits
and waits like a train on the rails.
I pass the hotel at 8
and at 5; there are cats in the alleys
and bottles and bums,
and I look up at the window and think,
I know longer know where you are,
and I walk on and wonder where
the living goes
when it stops.

Doing a quick Wikipedia search on Charles Bukowski – full Westernized name Henry Charles Bukowski, and real name Heinrich Karl Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) – led me to an article Time Magazine published in 1986 entitled "Celebrities Who Travel Well."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Daily Art Nag for May 5, 2011: A lesson for San Diego?

from ArtSlant Chicago and Abraham Ritchie

If it is true that a rising tide raises all ships
, then Art Chicago proved this year that lowered admission standards diminishes all the art on view.

Everywhere glossy and slick surfaces abounded, indicating just how shallow the “return to beauty” has turned out to be. As Joel Kuennen writes this week on ArtSlant:Chicago, nostalgia was exploited as repackaged in pure commodity to entice prospective buyers. Similarly there was a surfeit of photorealist paintings and still lifes this year almost all without a hint of criticality or irony, and almost none able to compete with even the lesser of their art historical antecedents.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Daily Art Nag for May 2, 2011: Former registrar at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (back when), leaves the Laguna Art Museum

from Culture Monster and Mike Boehm

photo: Ted Reckas

Bolton Colburn is leaving the Laguna Art Museum after 24 years — including the past 14 as its director.

His resignation, effective May 13, is voluntary, Colburn and Robert Hayden III, president of the museum’s board, said Monday, and reflects no internal friction at the seaside institution that’s devoted to California art and traces its roots to 1918, when a group of painters in the Laguna Beach art colony formed an association that eventually spawned a gallery, then a museum.

Colburn, 57, began his museum career in the early 1980s at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (now the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego) after testing the waters on the professional surfing circuit.

Read more and here - (while still at Laguna)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Daily Art Nag for May 1, 2011: Jeans 4 Justice - Conscious Co-op Campaign

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Jeans 4 Justice is partnering with 15 local San Diego boutiques to hold a month long campaign called The Conscious Co-op.

This campaign is a collective of artists, fashion designers, sexual assault survivors and retailers coming together to raise awareness and inspire change by creatively sharing real stories to open channels for healing and prevent future acts of sexual violence.

Come be a part of this innovative fusion of art, fashion and social action by visiting a boutique near you!

The jeans will be on auction for one month, in each store. Proceeds from the jeans go directly to local programs to help educate young people about social change, leadership and sexual violence prevention.

For more information and the full listing of artists, designers and participating boutiques go here:

Daily Art Nag for May 1, 2011

Bob Matheny as Marcel Duchamp - Sushi Gallery San Diego