Sunday, January 15, 2023

Oceanside Museum of Art: Overview January 2023

 by Patricia Frischer

Ethan Chan: Selections from the Closets of the People That I love….
Until April 30, 2023

I have to admit that the description of Ethan Chan’s clothes made out of take away condiment packets was the final push that got me to go to the Oceanside Museum of Art to see ALL the exhibitions on view there. This obsession need to use an everyday material is close to my heart, and Chan took it all the way by creating clothes for his friends which includes some lovely details like untucked shirts and rosette decorations.


Quinton McCurine: Materialing
Until April 30, 2023

Quinton McCurine, in his own way, does the same thing by using paint, not to paint, but to make actual objects. You can still smell that familiar oil medium when you walk in to the space. The thickness leaps off the canvas, and his little animal, cake and paint tube sit on a mirror duplicating themselves. 

Lani Emanuel: Beside Herself
Until March 25, 2023

Lani Emanuel’s portrait jump right off the walls and grab you. And that is such a refreshing surprise because we see portraits all the time so it takes some doing to stand out. Emanuel was the grand prize winner of the OMA Artist Alliance 2022 Biennial and she is one to watch. 


Legacy: Twenty Five Years of Art Community
The Early Years (1997-2014): Until Jan 29, 2023
The Recent Years (2014-2021): Until Feb 19, 2023

This is a survey show curated by Danielle Sussella of some of the first 25 years of exhibitions at the museum and I have selected just a tiny selection of images from those shows. I am proud to say that many of these artists are recipients of the SD Art Prize or have been shown in the SDVAN’s New Contemporaries series. I am delighted to say that a large portion of the work on view is by women. The two-part exhibition is well displayed and documents a part of the quarter century of the museum and their coming of age. 

Marianela de la Hoz

Claudia Cano

Cheryl Tall

Allison Renshaw, Mary Feemer, Jen Trute, Ethel Greene

Tom Driscol

Ernest Silva

John Dillemuth

Pop Smoke: A Veteran Art Exhibition
Until Jan 15, 2023

Although I saw this exhibition on the last day of its display, I want to give a shout out to some of the artist included and to the curator Amber Zora for trying to expand our view of veterans who are artists.  Although a few of the artist have been inspired directly by Pop Art, “The exhibition's title is a military slang term referring to throwing smoke grenades as a means of cover or escape during battle. The term pop smoke is also common slang that means to leave a place.“ WM Marquez with hanging threads gives us the experience of smoke from grenades. 

Thomas Gronowski

 Gina Herrera  uses the memories of the trash she saw while stations abroad and turns it into a whimsical flowing totem. 

Michael Stevens

Vincent Pugliese

WM Marquez

Reginald Green

Fred Marinello

Fred Marinello

Don Reedy

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