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July 15, 2009

ARTASAUTHORITY.COM REVIEW: ‘MESURED RESISTANCE: MAY-LING MARTINEZ’

“Halftolds is the title of May-ling Martinez’s current exhibit on view at the Art Produce Gallery in San Diego. I didn’t like it. If truth be told, Halftolds as in half-told stories or half-truths makes for an exhibit to this viewer’s eye, half-a-success.” (July 2006)

The above quote was the opening lines to my first review of May-ling Martinez’s solo exhibit at Art Produce Gallery in 2006.   more

A review that many disagreed with including the artist who called me presumptuous, commentators who found my critique half-assed, while still others — including friends and colleagues — I argued with privately and in public over the merits of Martinez’s work.

What a difference three years makes. read more

July 07, 2009

LOS ANGELES TIMES REVIEW: DANIEL RUANOVA AT COURTURIER GALLERY

On first glance, the four paintings, four sculptures and two drawings in Daniel Ruanova’s second solo show in L.A., “Fear Is God,” are about as ambiguous as razor-wire fences: Each screams its often foulmouthed message so loudly and clearly that listening closely seems to be beside the point.

But there’s more than that to the self-taught, Tijuana-born and -based artist’s exhibition at the Couturier Gallery. Regardless of whether the claim made by the title is true, the devil is in the details and well worth your undivided attention. [ READ ON ]

July 01, 2009

RIVIERA MAGAZINE (JUL/AUG 2009) HIGHLIGHTS ‘MEASURED RESISTANCE’ AND ‘SOCIAL CLIMBING”

Summer’s Exhibitionists

Some extraordinary artifacts are on display this summer in San Diego. Solana Beach’s David Alan Collection showcases once-sunken treasures from Asia, while at SDMA, a history-capturing collection by canonical photographer Richard Avedon shares the spotlight with a sampling of Alexander Calder’s modernist jewelry designs, which have graced many a daring décolleté.   more

Meanwhile, at Seminal Projects in Little Italy, up-and-coming artist May- Ling Martinez finds meaning in the mechanical.
Measured Resistance

May-Ling Martinez, hand-picked by Ernest Silva last year as one of the San Diego Art Prize’s “Emerging Artist” winners, scaled up for her show at Luis De Jesus’ Seminal Projects. Her sculptural collages and conceptual drawings explore the mechanical as a metaphor for the logical and “are becoming huge,” says Martinez, who received her MFA from SDSU. “Every time you see a machine, it’s because I’m trying to figure out how it works. The why of things. It’s the search for knowing.” June 26-Aug. 1, seminalprojects.com.
Social Climbing

Next up in August, Seminal takes a snarky cue from legendary NYC gallerina Paula Cooper with “Social Climbing.” The exhibition, a playful metaphor on the importance of position, randomly juxtaposes offthe- wall works from local talents, encouraging guests (and artists) to “question the notion of prominence and status,” says de Jesus. Let the head games begin. Aug.8- Oct. 24, seminalprojects.com.
CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS RIVIERA MAGAZINE  [ see ]

June 24, 2009

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE FEATURE: “SAN DIEGO ART PRIZE EXHIBITION: KIM McCONNELL AND BRIAN DICK”

Kim MacConnel. The established artist’s bright Ndebele-reminiscent panels were at the forefront of the Pattern and Decoration movements a few decades back.

In the ’80s, “The New York Times” said he “speaks up for buoyancy and optimism in an age that is short of both of them.” Yeah, 20 years ago we were short on cheer, too.   more

His work today is still as colorful and pseudo-tribal as ever; his multiple paintings of “Woman with a Mirror” are more concerned with the aesthetics of angles, squares and stripes than anything resembling a person or a reflecting surface. His candy-colored clown series appears as mixed media, and looks like crude clowns. [ READ ON ]

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 ]