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April 05, 2009

CHAUNEY PECK IN ‘FORCES AND FORMATIONS’ @ SOIL / SEATTLE

Forces and Formations: Kevin Bernstein, Jonathan Bucci, Claire Johnson, Chauney Peck, Elise Richman
April 1 – May 2, 2009.

Forces and Formations is an exhibit about the relationship between personal processes and natural phenomena. The participating artists’ work explores underlying forces, elemental structures, and/or landscapes to create perceptual sensations that are viscerally felt.   more

Natural forces and formations provide a jumping off point, a reference that inspires each artist’s highly personal visual logic and evocative manipulation of materials.


Kevin Bernstein’s painting process provides an analogue for natural processes of growth, decay, and states of flux. Intimate forms accrue in Bernstein’s paintings, creating compositions that are richly textural and evoke landforms and amoebas.

Jonathan Bucci’s process involves direct interaction with mixed media in a process that animates his abstractions of glaciers, tornadoes, waves, and plants with an emotional complexity that expresses pathos, humor, and angst.

Claire Johnson’s square, representational oil paintings of aerial topographies convey a sense of wonder for her subject matter, as well as pigment and paint. Her work delivers on two fronts, creating vertiginous spatial illusions and luscious layers of colored marks.

Chauney Peck throw rocks like dice, thereby using chance to create her compositions of rocks on brown craft paper. Her intimate, intuitive watercolor paintings transform the planar structure of rocks into patterned marks that are as elemental as the forms depicted. Check out more at: http://soilart.org/currentshow/index.htm

April 05, 2009

JASON SHERRY & NEIL KENDRICKS: ‘IN CONVERSATION’, APRIL 18, 2 P.M. @ SEMINAL PROJECTS

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story)”, the gallery will host an informal talk between Jason Sherry and Neil Kendricks, “In Conversation”, on Saturday, April 18, starting at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Neil Kendricks is Film Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD).   more

A San Diego-based award-winning filmmaker, photographer, artist, writer, lecturer/professor–and, since the early 1980s, a long-time Comic-Con devotee–he is also the founder and ongoing participant of MCASD’s popular, annual film event, alt.pictureshows. 

April 01, 2009

NATHAN GLUCK & DANIEL TIERNEY

“SYNTHESIS: CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE”, FEATURING NATHAN GLUCK & DANIEL TIERNEY OPENS APRIL 3rd IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The exhibition “Synthesis: Contemporary Collage” (organized by Hemphill Fine Arts) will be presented at their annex, Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. An artists reception is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, from 6-8 pm. The show, which runs through June 12th, features two artists represented by or working with Seminal Projects: Nathan Gluck and Daniel Tierney. Other artists included are D.   more

Billy, Billy Colbert, Franz Jantzen, Camila Rivera-Morales, Holli Schorno, and Al Souza. For more info, please call 202-624-8643 or  email gallery@hemphillfinearts.com.

March 27, 2009

JASON SHERRY & MARK MULRONEY SOLOS OPEN SAT, MARCH 28, 6-9 PM

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of JASON SHERRY: Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story) in Gallery One; and MARK MULRONEY: Nude Drum Solo, in Gallery Two, Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

March 21, 2009

“THE IMAGE COLLECTOR”, SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT FEATURE ON PERRY VASQUEZ

From collages to documentary film, no art medium is off limits to Perry Vasquez.

By Katherine Sweetman

Remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors and glue? Local artist Perry Vasquez extends the genre of collage toward something akin to school-room activity. Vasquez often sits in a large empty classroom at Southwestern College surrounded by stacks of thick reference books, hundreds of loose photocopied pages and tiny, intricate, black-and-white, cut-up pieces of paper.   more

He is in the midst of creating a series of collage “amalgams” for an upcoming exhibition of work he calls Mythologies that will be held at the Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects gallery in May. Read the rest of this story : http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/the_image_collector/7801/

March 17, 2009

ARTSCENE RECOMMENDATION/MARCH 2009: DANIEL RUANOVA’S “DEFEND:SECURITY”

Daniel Ruanova’s giant (ten feet tall and thirty feet long) metal sculpture more than fills the space available. Its projections, constructed from metal studs, ram into the wall, scraping away it’s smooth surface. Is it an oversized toy? A space vehicle? A weapon?

It is the accompanying large painting, with “Security” embedded in the pattern of metal-like ribbons, that directs the viewer’s reading of the sculpture. The embedded pentagonal shapes are intentionally symbolic, not just structural.   more

In the smaller gallery, Gustavo Velasquez’ constructions, made mostly from cast-off materials (used tea bags, old yarn, well-worn or charred wood), provide a contrast in size and sensibility. CLICK ON LINK AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE THE REST…

March 17, 2009

THE POSTCARD SHOW @ SUSHI, OPENS SAT MARCH 21

The POSTCARD Show, curated by Seminal Projects artist Brian Dick, opens Saturday, March 21, from 7-10 pm at SUSHI’s new downtown space. In The POSTCARD Show, fourteen artists make work in the context of cheap, disposable, anachronistic postcards. Participating artists include Eleanor Antin, BULBO, Kelly Coyne, Randall Christopher, Nina Katchadourian, Wendell Kling, Erik Knudsen, Jean Lowe, Hugo Lugo, Kim MacConnell, Irma Sofia Poeter, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, and Allison Wiese.

Postcards are purveyors of visual information.   more

Often times the brief missive on the stamped side of the card references the image on the other side: “Wish you were here!” or “X” marks the spot.. It’s a short curt and a snap shot. Postcards are, so to speak, the original “Text Message”; a way to say that you are thinking of someone; a friendly wave at a distance. At this point postcards may seem anachronistic–a vestigial tail on snail mail. But, like vinyl records, Super-8 movies and V-8 engines, they have a resilient charm and poetic resonance that seems to resist the march of insistent progress. Bring your stamps!

LOCATION:

SUSHI A Center for the Urban Arts

390 11th Avenue @ J Street

www.sushiart.org

DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Telephone: 619.235.8466 www.sushiart.org

March 12, 2009

MARCH 12: PREMIERE OF PERRY VASQUEZ’S “FOTOAKTION!” @ 2009 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

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ris “Boris” Berman is the subject of FOTOAKTION!, a documentary film directed by Perry Vasquez that traces her evolution from teen-age Austrian pop star to avant-garde photographer and San Francisco art noiz diva.

Fotoaktion is the term Berman used to describe the interactive events she first staged as an art student at San Francisco City College in 1981.

TIME: Thursday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm

LOCATION: UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego

ADMISSION: $9.50

Perry Vasquez’s debut solo exhibition opens at Seminal Projects on May 7th. 

March 11, 2009

BRIAN DICK PERFORMS @ BUSHWICK SITE FESTIVAL 09

Brian Dick takes his theatrical/interventionist entourage to this year’s Bushwick Site Festival 09, March 7 & 8, performing his “NATIONWIDE MUSEUM MASCOT PROJECT” at sites throughout the neighborhood of Bushwick, greater Brooklyn and Manhattan. More info available at: http://artsinbushwick.org/

March 10, 2009

Art Review by Robert Pincus: “FEAR FACTOR / Provoking Thought with DEFEND:SECURITY”

Daniel Ruanova, a gifted painter and socially critical provocateur, is having his first solo exhibition in San Diego, “Defend: Security – Constructs of a People Fearing Society.” If you look closely at the lone painting on view, emblazoned with the word “SECURITY,” you’ll be able to tell that Ruanova can really paint. But for this show, the emphasis is on provoking thought more than seducing the eye. Click to read: http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/mar/05/lz1w05rpincus182657-fear-factor/?uniontrib