Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art at SDAI

By Patricia Frischer, coordinator, San Diego Visual Arts Network

What Remains: Debris and Detritus in Fine Art
Sat May 30  to July12

San Diego Art Institute - 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, House of Charm, SD 92101
More info: Marina Grize  619.236.0011

The San Diego Art Institute goes from strength to strength. This very popular show (they were lined up around the block to get in at the opening night) takes a very popular theme of up-cycling and shines because of the quality of the works in the show. You are greeted by a new snazzy sign at the entrance to this Balboa Park institution which managed to re-invent itself under the directorship of Ginger Porcella. Space 1439 refers to the newly cleaned up and elegant shop at the top of SDAI which everyone can enter for free. It gives you a clear view of the some of the art below. For a $5 public entrance fee this is one of the bargains of the park and we would encourage many of you to buy membership and attend often for free. 

View over the balcony of the stairs where some of the student art for this show is on display

Jaime Ruis Ortez - this works sparkles with industrial gold foil leftovers.

Meegan Nolan gives us a "Wedding present for a barely living artist" which appears to be the most beautifully rusted and sanded car door revealing layers of aged patina.

Becky Guttin has several works on display but this hand rake with melted glass caught my eyes most

Jason Sherry never fails to deliver. This is American Gothic II

A Madonna by c. martino looks like a cross between a religious roadside alter and a Michelin Ad.

This charming little jellyfish like prisoners in a series of pastel colored water look like labatory specimans. Rachael Marie McDaniel Erwin shows a series of enticing shelves and you can take one home in the aforementioned shop.


One of the SDAI artist in residence is Mathew Mahoney and this pieta was beautifully lit. We are excited to see the video documentation of this body of work by his brother.

Jashua Karause steals the show with this wall of discarded book jackets. Is it is a sculpure, low relief or mural? We don't care but it is ART.

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