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March 26, 2010

MIXED MEDIA: MCASD SERVES UP A QUARTET OF NEW SOLO EXHIBITS

(March 25, 2010) - The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens four new exhibitions tomorrow, featuring new commissions made specifically for MCASD. The shows:

Lael Corbin: This show is part of the museum’s “Cerca Series,” aimed at using art to deal with issues pertinent to Southern California and Baja California. For this show, the San Diego-based Corbin will turn the Strauss Gallery into a makeshift airplane hanger.   more

He is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Ruben Ochoa: Born and raised in Oceanside and now based in Los Angeles, Ochoa’s show will feature a 70-foot-long corridor filled by 16 individual rebar and shipping pallet sculptures ” his largest exhibition so far.

Lærke Lauta: MCASD commissioned the Danish artist to create a video installation specifically for the Foster Gallery in the Jacobs Building. The show will feature two works presented as a diptych: “Floating Female” and “The Accident.”

Mara De Luca: Also part of the “Cerca Series,” the Los Angeles-based artist brings a 14-painting installation to the museum. De Luca’s long-term project “Stations” (2006-2007) will be on view for the first time.

Opens Friday, March 26; runs through June 20. Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown. (858) 454-3541 or www.mcasd.org

 www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/mar/25/mixed-media-mcasd-serves-quartet-new-solo-exhibits/

March 26, 2010

DAVID ADEY'S INSTALLATION IS OVER THE TOP

(March 11, 2010) - In one way, it’s simple. David Adey’s installation at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library consists of two very long rows of books: one slicing north and south across the gallery space and the other east and west. In another way, it’s complex, a feat of improvised engineering.

The artist hasn’t counted the books. They number at least in the hundreds and perhaps more than a thousand. And they appear as if they are arranged on shelves. But ... there are no shelves.   more

There are only keystones and clamps, along with a few sawhorses delicately balanced between the floor and the elevated rows. These are holding the books in place, along with wedges strategically placed for additional tension.

The rows are akin to a pair of suspension bridges, done through much trial and error. The technology is old, of course, the stuff of ancient bridges going back to the Greeks and refined by the Romans. But the style says “home improvement store.”

This is off-the-shelf stuff used in an marvelously outlandish way.

No wonder Adey decided to name it after that larger-than-life character from American folklore, “John Henry.” The legend defies logic and so, in some measure, does this construction.

Adey, who is on the art faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University, often works smaller, taking images from familiar sources ” cover shots from celebrity magazines and fashion ads ” and reconstructing the person in the picture using hundreds of craft punches.

“John Henry” might seem like a departure, but the artist doesn’t think so.

Here’s what he has to say about this and other concerns connected to this arresting construction:

QUESTION: Was this piece a real departure for you from the images that you have exhibited in recent years?

ANSWER: Some people have told me they think of it as one, but I don’t see it that way. It developed naturally, coming out of my sense of developing a set of parameters for the creation of work and following through, as I have with the reconstructions of photographs. Once it’s under way, I’m not so much making aesthetic decisions on an intuitive level as trying to fulfill an idea.

QUESTION: But realizing this idea was more unpredictable than making images, wasn’t it?

ANSWER: I’ve never experienced so much anxiety in my life while installing an exhibition. Though I had done a trial version over the summer, there was always the possibility that it wouldn’t work, that it wouldn’t stay up. It’s essentially backyard physics. Some friends, two architects and a physicist, looked at it and told me just do what you’re doing if it works. There are no tricks here. And every single thing in it is necessary for it to stay in place.

QUESTION: And what was the genesis of the title?

ANSWER: It came to me while this was in progress. I always loved that tale when I was a kid, and of course, there is the folk song about John Henry. Bruce Springsteen did it, Johnny Cash and lots of other people. It has that Industrial Revolution metaphor in it, about his struggle to outdo the machine.

I thought that idea seemed right when the piece collapsed into a pile of pieces during the summer and I had to begin again.

QUESTION: Does this piece encourage you to do something similar?

ANSWER: I’ll never do anything like it again. But I do have to put it up one more time. As soon as I take it down, me and my assistant have to take it to Los Angeles, where it opens April 9 at Luis de Jesus’ new space.

Robert L. Pincus: (619) 293-1831; robert.pincus@uniontrib.com twitter.com/rlpincus



DETAILS

“John Henry,” a new installation by David Adey

When: Through April 3. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; except Wednesday, when it’s to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla

Cost: Free

Phone: (858) 454-5872

Online: ljathenaeum.org
 

February 12, 2010

SAN DIEGO ART PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2010 RECIPIENTS: GAIL ROBERTS AND DAVID ADEY

San Diego, CA (Feb 1, 2010) - The San Diego Visual Art's Network, SanDiegoArtist.com and the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair are the proud sponsors of the San Diego Art Prize now in its fourth year. The Prize is given annually to several established and several emerging artists who have exhibited outstanding achievement in the field of Visual Arts. The Prize recipients will receive a cash grant and new this year, a booth exhibition for three days at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair September 2-5. 2010. The opening night tickets Thurs.   more

Sept 2 from 7 to 9 pm will benefit the SD Art Prize. Each exhibition will pair an established artist with an emerging artist.

This year recipients are Gail Roberts who has chosen David Adey as the emerging artist to share her exhibition. read more

January 12, 2010

“OFF TO L.A., KEEPING A 'PRESENCE' HERE“ – SEMINAL PROJECTS RELOCATES TO LOS ANGELES

Sunday, January 10, 2010. Robert L. Pincus, critic, The San Diego Union Tribune

Seminal Projects, which in its two-year presence in Little Italy became one of San Diego's leading locales for contemporary art, is relocating to Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean it will be leaving behind the local artists it has featured.

“We plan to keep our presence alive in San Diego,” said Luis De Jesus, who directed the space in San Diego and will do so in Los Angeles.   more

“The quality of the artists in San Diego is very high, and we will continue to work with our core artists.” test read more

December 08, 2009

DAVID ADEY FEATURED IN "ZOOM" THROUGH DECEMBER 19

David Adey's sculptures are currently on view in the Torrance Art Museum's first ZOOM exhibition, through December 19, 2009. ZOOM is a survey of contemporary art practices from California, Arizona, Nevada and Baja artists. David will also be having a solo exhibition at the La Jolla Atheneaum, opening February 26, 2010. 

December 08, 2009

HEATHER MARTIN AND STEVE GIBSON NOMINATED FOR THE SAN DIEGO ART PRIZE

We are very happy to announce that Heather Martin and Steve Gibson have both nominated for the 2010-2011 San Diego Art Prize in the Emerging Artist category. The San Diego Art Prize is awarded annually to local established and emerging or under-recognized artists. Artists are nominated and selected by a group of peers that include museum directors, curators, collectors, artists and critics. The Prize includes a monetary award and a solo exhibition. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2010. 

October 08, 2009

"STRETCHED, STICHED & STUFFED", AN EXHIBITION OF SOFT SCULPTURE, COL BOEHM GALLERY, PALOMAR COLLEGE

"STRETCHED, STITCHED AND STUFFED - AN EXHIBITION OF SOFT SCULPTURE", is currently on view at Col Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, through October 20, 2009. The show features the works of nine artists, including Sandra Doore, Vanessa Madrid, Nicola Vrumink, Brian Dick (Seminal Projects), Mely Barragan, Rebecca Tice, John Dillemuth, Zac Monday, and Marisol Rendon.

Boehm Gallery, Palomar College 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, California 92069.   more

For further information, please visit www.palomar.edu/art/current.html, or call 760-744-1150, ext. 2304. 

October 08, 2009

EXHIBIT: WENDELL KLING: “A PIECE OF THE MOON” AT LA JOLLA ATHENAEUM OF MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY

Wendell Kling’s installation, “A Piece of the Moon”, is currently on view at The Rotunda Gallery of the La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, through November 7, 2009. For this exhibit, Kling uses a series of sculptural objects, simple digital animations and scissor-cut imagery to chronicle a series of alien abduction dreams that he had in 1995, in which he encountered and explored the geography of an alien planet as well as interacted with highly evolved alien beings.   more

On Friday, October 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the artist will reprise the light and sound performance that was featured at the opening reception. La Jolla Athenaeum of Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA. For more info, call 858-454-5872. www.ljathenaeum.org

October 08, 2009

DAVID ADEY SELECTED FOR "ZOOM" SURVEY AT TORRANCE ART MUSEUM, NOVEMBER 21 - DECEMBER 19, 2009

Luis De Jesus is very pleased to announce that DAVID ADEY has been selected to participate in ZOOM, a survey of current developments in contemporary artistic practices by artists from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Baja. The exhibition will feature a total of 12 artists (chosen from over 300) and will be presented at the Torrance Art Museum from November 21 through December 19, 2009.   more

In its inaugural year ZOOM will break new ground and investigate a myriad of directions and movements in contemporary art that progress beyond the traditional institutionalized juried show. Curated by Max Presneill, the exhibition will seek to reflect current trends, track developments in contemporary practices and explore associations between the regional geographical areas. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDE: David Adey, Kelly Barrie, York Chang, Roni Feldman, Tony Mahers, Daniel Nevers, Nobuhito Nishigawara, Andrew Schoultz, Christina Shurts, Ali Smith, and Cheryl Sorg.

Los Angeles is considered one of the most dynamic cities globally for the creation of contemporary art and Torrance sits in the midst of this activity. ZOOM at TAM seeks to redefine this creative hub for contemporary art to include a larger geographical context and expand its local remit to include a larger swath of artists that have a direct influence on the cultural dialogues of our time. As TAM compares and contrasts various art practices found in this larger region of influence it will present a more comprehensive view of current artistic developments regionally and further afield. For further information, contact www.torranceartmuseum.com

September 11, 2009

MIYOSHI BAROSH FIRST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT SAN DIEGO’S NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Miyoshi Barosh’s work merges traditional craft practices with bold Pop imagery. Her recent wall hangings and sculptural pieces incorporate recycled afghans, sweaters, and furniture that are repurposed into a carnavalesque funhouse. During her month-long August residency as the first artist-in-residence at San Diego’s New Children’s Museum, Barosh created a monumental interactive work in the Arts Education Center.   more

In it, a theater-like structure frames a sea of carefully crafted faces (including hundreds of characters and dozens of hand-made papier-mâché heads) recalling James Ensor’s masterpiece Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889. Though the collage of clustered figures may be reminiscent of his work, the banner that waves above signals a clear departure from Ensor”s darker themes. The rolling flag declares: “I am the one in the crowd that will make a difference as we march over the past into the future!” Whereas Ensor understands modernity as a teeming mass where individuality is obscured or lost, Barosh’s work declares that “every individual is empowered by their unique place in the world, no matter how small they may feel in the crowd.” Equally important to the work that Barosh completed on-site has been her engagement with NCM visitors during her residency, which included a week-long summer camp that allowed young participants to contribute their own unique papier-mâché head to her installation. This magnificent new work will be on exhibit at the New Children’s Museum for an entire year.