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June 24, 2009

MAY-LING MARTINEZ: “MEASURED RESISTANCE”, OPENS FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 6-8 PM

You are warmly invited to attend the opening reception for May-Ling Martinez’s debut solo exhibition at Seminal Projects, Friday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

An artist’s talk in conjunction with “May-Ling Martinez: Measured Resistance” will be held at the gallery in July. Please stay tuned for further details. 

June 13, 2009

GLENNA JENNINGS READS FROM ‘GRANITE’, FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

Photographer and video artist, Glenna Jennings, read from her novella, “Granite”, at Seminal Projects. The unpublished 50-page book loosely forms part of the structural ‘narrative’ of her photographic series “Raskolniknov”. 

June 13, 2009

‘WHEN I GROW UP’, ANNUAL BENEFIT ART AUCTION FOR THE MUSEUM SCHOOL, SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 6-9 PM

Seminal Projects is once again partnering with Friends of the Museum School Foundation to present this year’s art auction benefiting THE MUSEUM SCHOOL, featuring a preview exhibition of contemporary art by many notable local and national artists, culminating in the gala reception and silent auction.   more

All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the programs of the Museum School, which will help keep the school at the forefront of artistic and educational development.

Currently in its eleventh year, the Museum School continues its mission to provide project-based learning that infuses the arts into the regular curriculum. In pursuit of its core educational philosophy, “learning for life”, this top-ranked school has adopted an innovative program that incorporates the basics of math, english, arts, and science, into an ever-evolving curriculum that includes diverse subjects from international world music, video art history, dance, and cooking, to spanish, zoology, and micro-financing-along with frequent visits to nearby museums in Balboa Park. The Museum School is open to all students based on an open lottery system-there is no tuition or admissions test. The school has a tremendous record of success and last year expanded to serve grades K-6.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 6-9 PM
Preview Exhibition:
Thursday & Friday, June 18 & 19, 11am-6pm
Saturday, June 20, 11am-3pm

Complimentary Admission (donations welcome)
RSVP at museumschoolbenefit@gmail.com

Can’t make the auction? Offer your donation instead. For more information, please call 619-236-8712, or email: museumschoolphil@gmail.com.
 

June 10, 2009

KPBS FEATURE: ‘GLENNA JENNINGS AT LUIS DE JESUS SEMINAL PROJECTS’

What is the common ground between Dostoyevsky, cheerleaders and San Diego’s East County? Photographer Glenna Jennings. An exhibit featuring Jennings’ latest body of work, titled Raskolnikov, is currently on view at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects. All of Jennings’ images feature a familiar object – a cheerleader’s skirt – in very unlikely contexts. You see it on the body of girl hiding under a desk in a junk-strewn front yard.   more

You see it on the body of an older woman (Jennings’ grandmother) and then on a young man who appears to be in the act of seduction. [ READ ON @ KPBS ]

June 10, 2009

MAY-LING MARTINEZ: ‘MEASURED RESISTANCE’, OPENS FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 6-8 PM

Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects is very pleased to announce MAY-LING MARTINEZ’s debut solo exhibition, titled Measured Resistance, on view from June 27 through August 1, 2009. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, June 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

MAY-LING MARTINEZ’s new sculpture and works on paper serve as a metaphor for an innate desire to understand and control our surroundings under difficult circumstances.   more

The works in Measured Resistance engage in the larger domain of relations—among ideas, objects, and the human heart—in order to gain a deeper insight into existential issues, such as the need for security and balance. Intrigued by human behavior and thought process, MARTINEZ investigates the paradoxical idea of maintaining control and stability under chaos. At the same time, she explores the idea that reason and logic, as prescribed by science and engineering, can function as a solace to an unstable reality framed by the infallibility of perception and personal subjectivity.

Employing combinations of pre-fabricated objects and her own hand-made pieces, MARTINEZ’s work fuses the personal and the social, the mundane and the mysterious. Their themes and messages are often communicated in subtle form, by turn endearing and seemingly innocuous or vulnerable and repressive—at times hinting at the macabre. Her earlier work—“triggers to evoke memory” as she calls them—which one critic compared to “unsettling dreams with a retro look”, has given way to increasingly sparse and technically-sophisticated engineered pieces. The innocence and nostalgia of the past, often filtered through archetypes of idealized 1950s suburban life, technical illustrations, and the artist’s own personal memories, and, now dramatically paired down, are tempered by the concreteness of logic and mechanical engineering.

May-ling Martinez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives and works in San Diego, California. She holds an MFA degree from San Diego State University (2007) and BA in Communications and Visual Arts from San Juan’s Sacred Heart University (1996). She has exhibited in numerous venues, including the California Center for the Arts, the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, William D. Cannon Art Gallery Biennial, Everett Gee Jackson Gallery/SDSU, UCSD, The Art Produce Gallery, Galería José Pepin Méndez, San Juan, PR, and Lugar del Nopal, Tijuana, MX, among others. May-ling Martinez was the recipient of the 2007-2008 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category. 

May 27, 2009

ARTSCENE REVIEW: CONTINUING AND RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS JUNE 2009: “ALLISON WIESE”

Two worlds collide in Allison Wiese’s alterations of Robert Wood’s landscapes, painted in the mid-twentieth century and well-represented in reproductions on motel and living-room walls. Wood portrays an unspoiled nature–the powerful ocean, the pristine forest, the meandering river. Even the occasional rustic farm building or bridge doesn’t disturb the peace and harmony of these rural scenes. Enter Wiese.   more

With the insertion of one or two blinking LED lights and a battery pack on each Wood print and additional wire leading to a transformer and wall plug, this serenity is ripped apart. She drags these scenes into the twenty-first century, where even these tiny LEDs, on our battery rechargers, surge protectors and appliances, because they are constantly on, threaten the continued existence of the natural world not just as we’d like to believe it is, as in Wood’s portrayals, but as it really is as well (Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego). Judith Christensen [ VISIT ARTSCENE ]

May 21, 2009

ART REVIEW: “GREATNESS AND GRANDEUR / JASPER JOHNS AND ALLISON WIESE PUT THESE CONCEPTS IN PERSPECTIVE”, by Robert Pincus, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Thursday, May 21, 2009

The recent show of Jasper Johns at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego focused on one stream of imagery, the light bulb, as it cut across sculptures and prints. A current exhibition includes more than four decades of work, in the various media of prints (lithograph, etching, intaglio, aquatint and mezzotint).   more


Literally luminous

Alison Wiese borrows from other art in “Vista,” her exhibition at Seminal Projects. But in her case, the lifts are literal. She actually uses versions of works by Robert Wood, a middling landscape painter.  

May 14, 2009

“HOMING IN”: AN EXHIBITION OF 50 SAN DIEGO ARTISTS OPENS AT QUINT CONTEMPORARY MAY 29TH

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int Contemporary Art, 7739 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

May 29 – July 11, 2009 / Opening Reception: Friday, May 29th from 6 to 8 PM
Musical performance by the Flip & Rollie Band

The work of San Diego’s top tier contemporary artists hasn’t been seen in the same place at the same time since 1985, when the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art presented “A San Diego Exhibition: Forty-Two Emerging Artists.” The exhibition features six artists represented by SEMINAL PROJECTS: DAVID ADEY, LAEL CORBIN, BRIAN DICK, STEVE GIBSON, HEATHER MARTIN, and GAIL ROBERTS.

Quint Contemporary Art brings this long drought to an end with Homing In: An Exhibition of 50 San Diego Artists. The show presents paintings, photographs, video and sculpture; features abstraction and representation; and offers moods ranging from hot to cool - all in formats less than 24” wide due to the limited space available. Some of the exhibition’s artists are in their fifties, sixties and older; and were part of the La Jolla Museum’s survey nearly a quarter century ago. The exhibition’s younger artists, those in their twenties, thirties, and forties may have no recollection whatsoever of that earlier survey.

This exhibition is organized by gallery director Ben Strauss-Malcolm and in a move that’s unusual in the competitive world of contemporary art galleries he invited many artists affiliated with other local galleries to participate in order to make the exhibition more reflective of the full gamut of work coming out of studios in the San Diego region. Anyone interested in the look and conditions of art in San Diego today is encouraged to visit this exhibition.

Artists in this exhibition include:
DAVID ADEY, WICK ALEXANDER, MICHAEL JAMES ARMSTRONG, BARRY BELL, ADAM BELT, DORIS BITTAR, ROBIN BRIGHT, KELSEY BROOKES, DAN CAMP, CLAUDIA CANO, KENNETH CAPPS, ALIDA CERVANTES, MATT COORS, LAEL CORBIN, STEPHEN P. CURRY, PHILIP CUSTER, EINAR & JAMEX DE LA TORRE, ROMAN DE SALVO, BRIAN DICK, TOM DRISCOLL, AMANDA FARBER, MANNY FARBER, STEVE GIBSON, RAUL GUERRERO, JOANNE HAYAKAWA, LOUIS HOCK, JAY JOHNSON, CHRISTOPHER LEE, JEAN LOWE, KIM MACCONNEL, HEATHER MARTIN, ZAC MONDAY, RICHARD ALLEN MORRIS, ANNE MUDGE, MARIE NAJERA, PATRICIA PATTERSON, IANA QUESNELL, CHRIS REILLY, ALLISON RENSHAW, GAIL ROBERTS, JOHN ROGERS, ELLEN SALK, ITALO SCANGA, PHILIPP SCHOLZ RITTERMANN, LYNN SCHUETTE, BARBARA SEXTON, ERNEST SILVA, JAMES SKALMAN, MATT STALLINGS, PERRY VASQUEZ, VICKI WALSH.

For more information, please call 858-454-3409, or email: info@quintgallery.com 

May 06, 2009

SUSHI presents: o.o.t.s. > A Visual Art Exhibition consisting of young artists from Vienna, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.

May 9, 2009 – June 9, 2009

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009, 7 – 10 PM

o.o.t.s is part two of a show that first took place in a snow shelter in a backyard in Chicago. This installment features a sculpture, paintings, collage, and sound art pieces, many employing found objects and imagery. The show includes a mid career retrospective by Rachel Pasadena (formerly Rachel Detroit), and new works from master painter Alan Zinn everything from a to z. Read the rest of this entry

May 04, 2009

GLENNA JENNINGS: ‘RASKOLNIKOV + ALLISON WIESE: ‘VISTA’, OPENS FRIDAY, MAY 8

Please join us for the opening of Glenna Jennings: “Raskolnikov” and Allison Wiese: “Vista”, on Friday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

During the course of the exhibition, Glenna Jennings will offer a reading from her novella, “Granite”, which, along with Dostoeyevsky’s “War and Peace”, form the departure point for the photographs in “Raskolnikov”. Further details to be announced.