by Patricia Frischer
|Dennis Carrie (1st place)
2023-24 Artist Alliance Biennial – until March 31, 2024
first that comes to mind when I view this show is, “you have come a long way,
baby!” From a one room building when I arrived 23 years ago, the Oceanside Museum of Art has greatly
expanded their footprint. The Artist Alliance when I was first a member, was
showing art in an alleyway. Now the quality and quantity of work on display is
truly impressive. There are just too many names for me to mention, that I have
watched develop and improve, and so many
others that I am discovering which excites me.
Jonathon Glus, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture, San Diego has to choose from 1,149 submissions by 303 artists to select works of 75 artworks from 62 of OMA’s Artist Alliance members. Whew! Marshall Toomey was the grand prize winner who get his own one man exhibition later in 2024 or 2025. There are also other cash prize winners and honorable mentions, but the joy of this kind of show is picking your own favorites. Go and see!
|top: Matthew Meinhardt bottom: Sue DeWulf
|Robin Raznick (detail)
Listening to the Unheard/Drawing the
Unseen. Meditations on Presence and Absence in Native Lands Drawings by John
curated by Vallo Riberto – until Feb 17th, 2024
When circumstances are made real by another’s testimony, it becomes possible to envision change. James Balwin.
The art and literature of suvivance* are the antidotes to forgetting. They ensure that experiences are preserved and current and future generations are well informed. John Halaka
*A combination of survival and resistance.
I often think of artists as predictors. They can draw from their unconscious mind and tap into what may be in our futures. We have lots of evidence of this happening especially in books and movies.