Friday, June 7, 2024

A Practical Guide to Modest Magic at California Center for the Arts Escondido

  By Patricia Frischer

Adrian Gomez 
Make a medal or trophy for someone that you think deserves one.
Prompt by Scott Klinger (curator)
 Palomar College

A Practical Guide to Modest Magic showing at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido from June 1 – Aug17 is mounted in a beautiful space. Curated by Scott Klinger, an artist, filmmaker, and Associate Professor of Photography at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA., this exhibition of college level students’ work  is an ingenious idea.  Klinger invited a number of art school teachers to create prompts for a student assignment. From the results of those assignments, a selection was made for this exhibition.

As a former art student (more than 50 years ago), I still remember assignments, but we were never given this extent of freedom. My best teacher instructed me to make art about something that I knew. But it was not until graduate school, that we were actually challenges to make our own art. I can see this assignment being the beginning of a whole series for some of these students. 

Tiffanie Peters 
Create an artwork using alchemy or magic to correct a problem. 
Prompt by Larry Kline, Grossmont College 

 Helena Westra
Create an artwork using alchemy or magic to correct a problem.
Prompt by Larry Kline, Grossmont College 

Agnes Lin and Sonja Cooper
Create an artwork using alchemy or magic to correct a problem
Prompt by Larry Kline, Grossmont College 

Bella Marinos: "You come home after a long day. You want to sink into the womb of a warm bath. You try to clear your thoughts - unwind a little. Yet you find you are stuck in the checkout line of your local Target." 
Create your own interpretation of a modern version of purgatory. 
Prompt by Scott Richison, Palomar College

Audrey Gingras 
Pick a space. Within 24 hours total, build an installation, disassemble it, and leave the space as you found it.
Prompt by Piero Golia, the Mountain School of Art 

Jessica Baskett 
Create an art work to say "thank you" for something in your life for which you are grateful.
Prompt by Tina Yapelli, San Diego State University

Michele Murphy
Make an object for handing on the wall using at least 50% copper thread wire and smaller than a 12 inch cube.
Prompt by Terri Hughes-Oelirch, San Diego City College

Audrey Gingras
Make a piece of art for a child to engage with. 
Prompt by 
Scott Klinger (curator) Palomar College

Diana Sa and Jay Strickland 
Curate an exhibition in an unconventional space
Prompt by Rokhsane Hovaida, Museum Director, California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Music: No Man’s Land (Piano Trio No. 1) by Ezio Bosso

A Robbins
Abby Manzo
Adrian Gomez
Agnes Lin
Alexia Demiroska
Alex Tomeo
Audrey Gingras
Augustino Gamboa
Avery Novak
Belen Torralba
Bella Marinos
Benito Osuna
Bryan Woolf
Carla Sophia Horta
Cecilia Byron Fraher
Chloe Hernandez
Cielo Gonzalez
Diana Sá
Edward Rivas
Ella Chan
Elaine Zhao
Emilie Dohner
Erich Stein
Esteban Gabriel Marin
Eva Speiser
Evan Fecko
Evan Odom
Grace Lin
Haminshi Gupta
Hannah Emerson
Helena Westra
Isabella Silva
Jacob Faulkner
Jaime Leynes
Janine Avery
Jaselle Colon
Jay Strickland
Jennifer Leslie
Jessica Baskett
Joaquin Stacey-Calle
Josephine Behrend
Juliet Gentry
Kathryn Beck
Lauren Lee
Luke Gonzales
Marlon Thompkins
Marvin Flores
Mary Bowman
Max Padilla
Michael Bell
Michele Murphy
Olivia Lucia
Orion Lenz
Patrick Li
Preston McCallister
Quinn Miller
Romina Sandoval
Ryan Castillo
Ryan Hedrick
Safa Salman
Sajda Sims
Sharon Castellanos
Shiyoo Kim
Sonja Cooper
Sophie Coon
Stephanie Orea
Suchita Rathi Jhawar
Taia Pappas
Tiffanie Peters
Todd Bradley
Tristan Reynoso
Valentina Azul
William Ung
Xixi Edelsbrunner
Yali Alsberg

All educators who contributed to prompts found in the exhibition:
Adrián Pereda Vidal, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Gosia Herc-Balaszek, University of California, San Diego
Héctor Bazaca Lopez, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
John McMurria, Palomar College
Joshua Tonies, University of San Diego
Larry Kline, Grossmont College
Nick Aguayo, Pasadena City College
Piero Golia, The Mountain School of Arts
Russell Shaeffer, Palomar College
Scott Richison, Palomar College
Terri Hughes-Oelrich, San Diego City College
Tina Yapelli, San Diego State University
Yaron Hakim, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design

A Practical Guide to Modest Magic 
California Center for the Arts in Escondido
June 1 – August 17, 2024
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

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