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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. 

April 30, 2009

REVIEW @ SDNN.COM: ‘MAY’S ARTIST OF THE MONTH: JASON SHERRY’

Local artist known for distinctly different style

By Neil Kendricks (San Diego News Network contributor)

Do artist Jason Sherry’s neighbors know that they live next door to a contemporary alchemist? When Sherry is toiling on a new body of artwork in his South Park garage-studio, chances are he is working with a hulking darkroom enlarger, creating photographic images generated from his stash of negatives of old ads for midnight movies that even die-hard cinephiles might have trouble identifying. READ ON: “May’s Artist of the Month: Jason Sherry”

April 24, 2009

“DISCOMBOBULATED”, SAN DIEGO ART PRIZE EXHIBITION WITH BRIAN DICK AND KIM MCCONNELL

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of DISCOMBOBULATED, an exhibition featuring works by Kim MacConnel & Brian Dick, recipients of the 2008-2009 San Diego Art Prize.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

L-Street Fine Art Gallery at the Omni Hotel, 628 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 PM. Tel. 619-645-6593

Exhibition Continues Through July 20, 2009 

April 24, 2009

DANIEL RUANOVA TALK (EXCERPT)

Check out these excerpts from Daniel Ruanova’s gallery talk on DEFEND:SECURITY.

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April 24, 2009

JASON SHERRY & NEIL KENDRICKS: ‘IN CONVERSATION’ (EXCERPT)

Check out these excerpts from Jason Sherry’s gallery talk with Neil Kendrick’s in conjunction with the exhibition Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge.

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April 20, 2009

TIME SPACE TRIALS VIDEO

Check out Matt Hoyt’s video for Jason Sherry’s Time Space Trials. watch

April 16, 2009

ART REVIEW: “THEMATIC ADVENTURES”, BY ROBERT PINCUS, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, APRIL 16, 2009


“Language, in Sherry’s art, is often reduced to nonsense, in a way that Lewis Carroll probably would have enjoyed. And like Carroll’s wonderland, his universe is a place where rational thought has little use.”

sherry-whether-celebrity-can-detail-lo-resThere is something both poignant and pathetic about faded celebrity.   more

Jason Sherry reminds us of this in an elaborate photographic collage, “Whether Celebrity Can, Or Should, Transcend Dimension,” which is part of his latest exhibition – his second at Seminal Projects.

Few will be able to identify the main figure in this image, though 30 years ago many more people would have. This fellow with the blond shag hair is Leif Garrett, then a sort of fresh-faced pop singer and actor. He’s done a lot of acting since then, but has also had legal troubles stemming from drug arrests.

Sherry sets him among a crowd of small faces, taken from celebrity magazines, which form a kind of landscape behind him. In the adjoining image is a similar land mass, this one seemingly extraterrestrial and partially filled with letters.

Language, in Sherry’s art, is often reduced to nonsense, in a way that Lewis Carroll probably would have enjoyed. And like Carroll’s Wonderland, his universe is a place where rational thought has little use.

Sherry is also a connoisseur of pulp pictures. The piece that gives this exhibition its title is dense with pages and covers from old tabloid and porn magazines, sliced up to fit the shape of “The Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story).”

The packrat is a friend of the artist. He was getting divorced and wanted to jettison a pile of publications. So Sherry took them and made them into a new shell for an old pump organ mechanism. The imagery even covers the keys. And, wonder of wonders, the organ still plays. So the artist’s reference to a dirge can be taken literally, though you’re free to play happier tunes on it.

The use of music isn’t isolated to “The Packrat Dirge,” either. Sherry, who once played bass in rock bands, clearly has interest in making objects with sound. He’s turned a BMX bike into a turntable for “Time Space Trials.” Pedaling it plays vinyl records in a herky-jerky style. It doesn’t look like much, but you have to praise his low-tech ingenuity. He seems to view his device as revenge on bad music, since it plays albums badly: He christened it himself by playing one by Iron Maiden.
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Mark Mulroney had a really fine solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego five years ago. His mural scale project, among the current offerings at The New Children’s Museum downtown, is an intriguing swirl of imagery alluding to fairy tales and puppets.

“Nude Drum Solo,” his show at Seminal Projects, consists of more slight work, paintings with a lot of open space interrupted by a figure or two and sometimes a telling prop.

“Paradise” doesn’t look so paradisical. There’s a lone palm tree and a guy on all fours. In “You Look at Me. I Look at You,” a male with bulging torso cut off at the chest gazes at a nude woman with no neck and head. It’s a droll take on desire.

There are traces of the style and wit that give Mulroney’s art its life among the seven exhibited paintings. But they fall short of expectations he’s created for his work.